• The University of Oslo joins OLH LPS model

    Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-05-11

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Oslo has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Oslo (Norwegian: Universitetet i Oslo), until 1939 named the Royal Frederick University (Norwegian: Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet), is the oldest university in Norway, located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university was established in 1813, when the city after which it is named was still just a provincial town called Christiania. Since then it has made academic breakthroughs in law, science (especially maritime science) and played a key role in Norway's liberation from Denmark. The university constitutes Norway’s largest research institution comprising eight faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. It offers over 800 courses, all taught in English, with 40 Master’s degree programmes also taught in English. Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the university. They include chemist Odd Hassel, economist Ragnar Frisch and Ivar Giæver, an electrical engineer who worked on electron tunnelling and biophysics.

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With initial 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 of Oslo: “We’re very pleased to have the support of the University of Oslo. It is thanks to the support of our member institutions that the Open Library of Humanities can continue to provide high-quality OA in the humanities, without ever asking authors to pay. The more institutions that support us, the more that we can continue to expand our economically-effective model for open access in the humanities and ensure our future ongoing viability in service of the academic community."

University of Oslo states that it is most pleased to show its support to gold open-access publishing by joining the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. "During the recent years, the University of Oslo has made great strides in its work towards open access, securing transitional agreements with several publishers and expanding its own open access archive. Yet there are still challenges to be resolved. For researchers, it is not always easy to find funding for open publishing, and most open journals require author payment (APC). The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of open science. Now more than ever, is the time to support open-access publishing. As Norway’s largest research institution, the University of Oslo is delighted to contribute by joining the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy," added Anne Sæbø from the University of Oslo Library.

If you like the work that the Open Library of Humanities is doing, please consider asking your institution to support us financially. We cannot operate without our library members. More details for libraries can be found here: https://www.openlibhums.org/plugins/supporters/signup/.



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