The Open Library of Humanities welcomes four more higher tier supporters

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 19 October 2021

We are pleased to announce that we have recently welcomed four new higher tier super-supporters to our library board: Lancaster University, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton. They have been awarded one of our higher tier supporter badges in recognition of their invaluable contribution to furthering vital work in open access scholarship.

This additional support, facilitated through our Jisc Collections OLH offer for UK institutions, will enable us to continue one of our core missions: to convert subscription journals to a sustainable open-access model with no author-facing charges. 

Under this new agreement, UK universities are given the opportunity to voluntarily support us at a higher membership rate tiered into Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. This further funding has allowed us to re-open our journal flipping programme this past September to grow our portfolio of open access journals, and make even more world-leading scholarship freely available to all. Flipping journals will yield benefits not only for the titles that choose to join us and convert to open access, but will also escalate pressure on other publishers to adopt models for equitable open access that allow greater knowledge sharing worldwide.

The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, academic-led, gold open-access publisher of 28 journals with no author-facing charges. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and subsequent support from Arcadia, a charitable fund, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any author fee. This funding mechanism enables equitable open access in the humanities disciplines, with charges neither to readers nor authors.

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 at:

Institutions in the UK can become higher-tier supporters through Jisc’s signup system. Universities, worldwide, who wish to contribute at a higher-tier level to facilitate flipping journals to open access should contact Paula Clemente Vega (