Society Journal, Marvell Studies, to Join OLH Platform

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 9 September 2016


We are extremely pleased to announce that the journal Marvell Studies is to join the Open Library of Humanities platform. Marvell Studies is the official journal of the Andrew Marvell Society, which brings together scholars from around the world working in the Early Modern period. The society was founded in 2001 and has been publishing a Newsletter since 2009, which has responded to the growing visibility of the society and solidified its reputation, receiving numerous citations by scholars. The society recently developed this Newsletter into a peer-reviewed journal that they launched in 2016, with support from the University of St Andrews.

We are particularly excited that a scholarly society has here embraced open access through the OLH model. Our peer reviewers noted that “[i]t would be hard to imagine a journal more deserving of OLH’s support than this one. Marvell is now recognized as a major author of the period” and “the intellectual and literary history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain is increasingly pursued in a global framework.”

Professor Martin Paul Eve, a co-founder and CEO of the OLH, said of this journal: “It is truly fantastic to welcome Marvell Studies, from the Andrew Marvell Society, to the OLH stable. Learned societies have often been wary of open access, fearing for their revenue models even while acknowledging the benefits of open access for the dissemination of work. This move, therefore, represents a strong, forward-looking stance from the Andrew Marvell Society.”

Dr Caroline Edwards, co-founder and Editorial Director of the OLH, added: "We're thrilled that Marvell Studies is joining the OLH platform. This will be the first journal that OLH has published which specialises in the Early Modern period and is therefore a timely opportunity to signal to the academic community that traditional humanities disciplines can benefit from the OLH. Our leading digital publishing platform, technological innovation, international editorial network, and distinctive library-partnership approach to funding open access publishing without any author-facing costs should not be seen as only benefiting newer disciplinary communities, but as serving the needs of humanities scholars across the board."

Dr Matthew Augustine, an editor of the journal, added: "Over the last ten years, the Marvell Society has been an increasingly busy hub for scholarship on Marvell and the Early Modern world. We’re thrilled that our journal will be joining the OLH library, bringing a whole new level of attention to the work we publish and making it freely available to scholars around the world. We look forward to our new partnership and to the knowledge it will foster."

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. 

Existing journals wishing to move to the platform should submit an initial enquiry to Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: UK-based libraries can join through Jisc Collections at US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at European libraries can join here: or send an enquiry to our European Library Partnership Manager: 

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