University Duisburg-Essen joins OLH LPS model

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 6 March 2019

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Library of Duisburg-Essen University has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Founded in 2003, the UDE is one of the youngest and largest universities in Germany. With more than 43,000 students enrolled in a broad range of courses - from the humanities, social sciences and education sciences to economics, engineering, natural sciences and medicine - the university is a globally recognized research university ranking among the world's top universities founded after the turn of the millennium. 

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.

Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities, welcomed the University Duisburg-Essen: “We’re so pleased to see that an increasing number of German institutions are joining the OLH in the last few months. With the University Duisburg-Essen, six German institutions have now joined the OLH since September 2018. With their support, we will continue to expand our model for OA in the humanities, without never asking authors to pay.”

Albert Bilo, director of the university library, endorses the OLH because collectively funded OA projects are a key to help transforming publication processes without raising costs in an overall calculation, “the OLH-model is a suitable and appropriate solution to support open access especially in the humanities.”