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Forms of Innovation

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-05-15
Forms of Innovation

OLH Project Directors Dr Martin Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards were recently invited to speak at the AHRC-funded Forms of Innovation event series for the workshop "Humanities, Copyright and New Technology." The workshop was held in the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham on Saturday 27th April 2013, and addressed the way in which new technologies are extending our [...]

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BIS Select Committee on Open Access

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-17
BIS Select Committee on Open Access

On 16th April, OLH Project Director Dr Martin Eve was invited to give evidence at the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, which is appointed by the UK House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and its associated public bodies, including Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Martin spoke at [...]

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Megajournals and Scholarship in the South

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-12
Megajournals and Scholarship in the South

Francisco Osorio, a social anthropologist at the University of Chile and editor of the Latin American social science journal Cinta de Moebio (Moebius Strip), has published an article discussing what the Open Library of Humanities might mean for journal editors working in the Global South. Osorio poses a series of questions of direct relevance to academic researchers, publishers and editors [...]

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The OLH’s Reception in New Zealand

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-12
The OLH’s Reception in New Zealand

Independent journalist and academic researcher Mark P. Williams has recently written an article examining the Open Library of Humanities for the New Zealand independent news website Scoop Independent News. Outlining the recent history of open access in scholarly journals publishing, and the current "serials crisis" that faces academic research, Williams discusses what George Monbiot has [...]

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Latest Download Figures for the Social Sciences Directory

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-03
Latest Download Figures for the Social Sciences Directory

Just 9 months after it was originally conceived, the UK gold open access publisher Social Sciences Directory launched in September 2012. Publishing articles in a range of disciplines in online-only form, the Directory has rapidly established itself as a landmark open access publisher in the UK. Publishing both peer-reviewed research as well as "value-added content" (including presentations, [...]

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American Historical Society Article on OLH

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-02
American Historical Society Article on OLH

Jennifer Reut has published a short article about the launch of the OLH on the American Historical Association's website, under the "Perspectives on History" series. Outlining the OLH's development as an initiative designed to explore the suitability of a Public Library of Science model of publishing within the humanities and social sciences, Reut discusses the OLH's ambition to waive [...]

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OA Publishing in Religion and Theology

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-02
OA Publishing in Religion and Theology

Gary F. Daught who runs the Omega Alpha website on open access publishing in religion and theology has published an extensive interview with two of the OLH's committee members – Peter Webster (British Library) from the Academic Steering and Advocacy Committee and Justin Meggitt (Cambridge) from the Advocacy Forum. As Daught writes, academics within theology and religious studies are [...]

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Martin Eve on Open Access in The Guardian

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-03-26
Martin Eve on Open Access in The Guardian

OLH Project Director Dr Martin Paul Eve published a comment piece on the Guardian Higher Education Network on 25th March 2013, which argues that academics in the humanities need to adopt "an activist approach" to the changing technological parameters of scholarly publishing. He writes: these projects represent utopian spaces in which academics can re-seize some limited agency, to [...]

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OLH Launches Internationalisation Committee

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-03-26
OLH Launches Internationalisation Committee

We're delighted to announce the recent launch of the OLH's Internationalisation Committee. The Committee will advise on matters relating to the international reach of the OLH, including the incorporation of non-English language journals, editing processes and building sustainable partnerships with scholarly networks beyond Europe and the United States.  For more information, please visit [...]

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OLH Committee Minutes Now Available

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-03-26
OLH Committee Minutes Now Available

You can now follow the discussions of each of the OLH's autonomous committees by downloading our ratified records of each debate – available on our Committee Minutes page. We'll be using this page to upload all forthcoming discussions. Each set of minutes is focussed around 2 or 3 specific questions relating to the possible infrastructural, editing and publishing models the OLH could [...]

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OLH featured in Times Higher Education Cover Story

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-02-15
OLH featured in Times Higher Education Cover Story

This week the debate over "gold" open access in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) was given further attention in the Times Higher Education's cover story. The article featured interview material with OLH Academic Project Directors Dr Martin Paul Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards, as well as an inset feature on the Open Library of Humanities. As Paul Jump writes: Modelled on the [...]

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A New Breed of Open Access Publisher

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-02-12
A New Breed of Open Access Publisher

We're honoured that in his Guardian article, "PeerJ leads a high-quality, low-cost new breed of open-access publisher" (12th February), Mike Taylor cites the Open Library of Humanities as one of three new Open Access publishers (with PeerJ and eLife) who are radically changing the landscape of academic publishing. Mike, who is a member of our Advocacy Forum, writes that: All three [...]

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OLH article on the Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-02-01
OLH article on the Chronicle of Higher Education

We're delighted that the OLH has been receiving a widespread level of attention within the first week of the launch of our new website. This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article on the project, which featured as their top news story of the day. As Jennifer Howard writes: Open access isn't just for scientists. Opening up research is an idea that appeals to more and [...]

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Martin Eve writes for the LSE Impact Blog

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-02-01
Martin Eve writes for the LSE Impact Blog

  This week, the influential LSE Impact Blog published Martin Eve's article on future directions in academic publishing and the OLH. As Martin writes, whilst the "serials crisis" facing academic publishing (in which university library budgets are unable to keep pace with the costs of purchasing journal subscriptions) has been building since 1986, the recommendations made more recently by [...]

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Open Access Monographs Conference

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-01-25
Open Access Monographs Conference

OLH Founding Members Dr Martin Paul Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards have been invited as speakers at the first conference to address the issue of open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences (HSS). The conference is being co-organised by JISC Collections and the OAPEN Foundation on 1-2 July 2013 at the British Library in London. It will involve all stakeholders in scholarly [...]

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