Ghent University joins OLH LPS

Posted by on 2015-08-20

Ghent

We are extremely pleased to announce that Ghent University has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Ghent University is one of the major Belgian universities . Ghent University distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university, embracing fundamental independent research as a principle. Eleven faculties at the university cover a wide range of disciplines and conduct in-depth research in both exact and applied sciences, social sciences and humanities.

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 Ghent: “It is exciting that Ghent has joined the OLH LPS model. European support for open access has been good but predominantly in the sciences through article processing charges. The problems in the humanities pertain to different economic setups. With the help of institutions like Ghent, we will build a new way to achieve OA in these disciplines.”

Sylvia Van Peteghem , Chief Librarian, added: “Ghent University Library is pleased to announce it has signed up to financially support the Open Library of Humanities. This effort is yet another support for open access, a key topic in the library’s activities in scholarly communication.”

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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