[in]Transition joins the Open Library of Humanities

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 16 February 2024

We are delighted to announce that [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies has joined the Open Library of Humanities. The journal launched in 2014 in collaboration with Journal of Cinema and Media Studies on the MediaCommons platform, a community network run by scholars, and was the first peer-reviewed academic journal of video essays. In 2015, the journal won the Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award of Distinction from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

From 2024, [in]Transition will be the official video essay journal of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. The journal and its entire back catalogue will be published by the Open Library of Humanities using our in-house publishing platform Janeway. This move has been possible thanks to the support of our more than 340 library partners that financially support the Open Library of Humanities and make diamond open access possible. The current team of academic editors and journal manager will continue to work on the 20 to 30 video articles that are published per year.

OLH Executive Director Dr Caroline Edwards said, “We’re thrilled to be able to offer [in]Transition a long-term future at the OLH. The journal has been vital to embedding videographic criticism within film and media studies. Videographic scholars have contributed to the open access movement, advocating for the open licensing of scholarship, so it’s great to be giving back to the scholarly community by committing to fund [in]Transition in the years ahead.”

[in]Transition’s Journal Manager Jason Mittell noted “MediaCommons was a tremendous partner in launching our journal and helping us make video essays into a valued and legitimate mode of film and media scholarship. One decade later, Open Library of Humanities and SCMS are a perfect partners to ensure long-term stability for the journal, ensuring full open access to the work of our authors for decades to come.”

[in]Transition is one of seven new journals joining the OLH in 2023-2024, along with six journals that are “flipping” away from subscription models, including: Regeneration: Environment, Art, Culture; Political Philosophy; Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science; Review of the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, and Quaker Studies (formerly published by Liverpool University Press in partnership with the OLH). Thanks to the support of our international network of library members, the OLH has been able to undertake the complex, skilled technical work of migrating these journals and committing to fund the cost of their publication in perpetuity.

About OLH: The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, academic-led, diamond open-access publisher of 30 journals based at Birkbeck, University of London. 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. 


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