OLH Welcomes the University of South Florida

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 6 April 2024

The Open Library of Humanities is pleased to announce a new member, the University of South Florida. Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida (USF) is a public research university located in the Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee in the United States. It is one of 12 members of the State University System of Florida. Together, the university’s campuses serve more than 50,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and professional degrees across its 13 colleges. These colleges include arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, marine science, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health among others. In 2023, USF became the first public university in Florida in nearly 40 years to be invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), a prestigious group of the leading universities in the United States and Canada.

With this partnership in place, the University of South Florida demonstrates its support of diamond open access. The Open Library of Humanities is collectively funded by its member libraries and wouldn't be able to operate without their generous support. Redirecting funds for the support of scholar-led diamond OA initiatives is vital for the survival of not-for-profit platforms such as OLH. It helps build an academic publishing ecosystem based on equity and on a vision of academic research as a global public good.

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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