University of Southampton joins OLH LPS model

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2015-09-23

Southampton

We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Southampton has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide, the University of Southampton is recognised as a global centre for excellence in research and education. It has led pioneering interdisciplinary research and services to facilitate open publications and data.

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.

Dr. Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Southampton: “It is truly excellent that the University of Southampton has joined the Open Library of Humanities. Open access is desperately needed in the humanities disciplines but, with existing offerings, we often struggle to see how the economics will work. With the help of institutions like Southampton, we will create a better way.”

Jane Savidge, Director of Library Services & University Arts Strategy, added: “At Southampton we are committed to exploring innovative models of open access which offer transparent, appropriate and sustainable pricing. The Library is delighted to support the OLH and engage with approaches that enhance the dissemination and use of high quality research”.

Journals wishing to join the platform should submit an initial enquiry to martin.eve@openlibhums.org. After the September launch of the OLH, applications will be be subject to the platform’s joining procedure. Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: martin.eve@openlibhums.org. UK-based libraries can join through Jisc Collections at http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/Index/2120. US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at https://lyrasis.openlibhums.org.

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