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The Open Library of Humanities welcomes four more higher tier supporters

The Open Library of Humanities welcomes four more higher tier supporters

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-10-19

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 [...]

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OLH reopens applications to flip subscription journals to open access

OLH reopens applications to flip subscription journals to open access

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-09-10

We are delighted to announce that the Open Library of Humanities is now open to expressions of interest from subscription journals in the humanities seeking to move to a gold open access (OA) publishing model without author-facing charges (‘diamond’ OA).The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article [...]

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CHASE placement opportunity at the Open Library of Humanities to assist with Editorial, Marketing and Technical duties

CHASE placement opportunity at the Open Library of Humanities to assist with Editorial, Marketing and Technical duties

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-08-19

CHASE placement opportunity at the Open Library of Humanities to assist with Editorial, Marketing and Technical dutiesThe Open Library of Humanities is seeking a PhD student to assist with editorial, marketing and technical duties as part of our small, hardworking team. The placement is available to arts and humanities PhD students at CHASE member institutions. The position is fully set up for [...]

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The Open Library of Humanities welcomes its first five new higher tier supporters

The Open Library of Humanities welcomes its first five new higher tier supporters

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-07-27

We are delighted to announce that we have recently welcomed our first five new higher tier super-supporters to our library board: King's College London, The Open University, University College London (UCL), University of Sheffield and University of York. These five super-supporters are the first to be awarded one of our new badges in recognition of their invaluable contribution to furthering [...]

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New OLH membership badges

New OLH membership badges

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-07-14

The Open Library of Humanities would not be able to continue to operate without our library members. We owe our success to our over 300 member institutions and, in gratitude for their generous support, today we are launching our new badges, which we hope our supporting members will display with pride in recognition of their commitment to supporting open access scholarship.We have two types of [...]

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Open Library of Humanities Renews Agreement with Jisc Collections, Aims to Flip More Titles to Not-for-Profit, No-Fee Open Access

Open Library of Humanities Renews Agreement with Jisc Collections, Aims to Flip More Titles to Not-for-Profit, No-Fee Open Access

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2021-05-04

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is pleased to announce that we have renewed our agreement with Jisc Collections to provide options to the UK library community that will sustain our publishing activities while offering the possibility of expansion.The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, academic-led, gold open-access publisher of 28 journals with no author-facing charges. With [...]

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Birkbeck awarded £200,000 grant to support the work of the Open Library of Humanities

Birkbeck awarded £200,000 grant to support the work of the Open Library of Humanities

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-03-29

We are pleased to announce that Birkbeck, University of London has been awarded a grant of £200,000 from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Dr Lisbet Rausing and Professor Peter Baldwin, to support the innovative research and work of the Open Library of Humanities.The Open Library of Humanities (OLH), based in the Centre for Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, is a major open-access journal [...]

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Rose Harris-Birtill Appointed as Acting Director of Open Library of Humanities

Rose Harris-Birtill Appointed as Acting Director of Open Library of Humanities

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2021-03-26

We are pleased to announce that Dr Rose Harris-Birtill, currently Managing Editor, has been appointed as Acting Director of the Open Library of Humanities, beginning 1st June 2021. She steps in to replace Professor Martin Paul Eve, who will be taking research leave in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022.Dr Harris-Birtill has considerable experience with OLH as the senior figure who oversees editorial [...]

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OLH Report on activities 2020

OLH Report on activities 2020

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-03-19

Report on activitiesIn 2020 the Open Library of Humanities celebrated its 5th anniversary since its launching in September 2015 with only 7 journals and 99 supporting institutions.  The platform was initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and now, five years after its launch, entirely covers its costs by payments from its international library consortium of nearly 300 [...]

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The Open Library of Humanities joins the Portico Digital preservation archive

The Open Library of Humanities joins the Portico Digital preservation archive

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-02-10

We are very pleased to announce that the Open Library of Humanities has joined the Portico Digital preservation archive, alongside the CLOCKSS Archive, adding to our guarantee of long-term availability of the material published in our journals. Portico is a community-supported preservation archive that safeguards access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections. Portico's unique, [...]

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The Open Library of Humanities Celebrates its 5th Birthday

The Open Library of Humanities Celebrates its 5th Birthday

Posted by Rose Harris-Birtill on 2020-09-25

The Open Library of Humanities today celebrates its 5th anniversary since we launched our platform on 28th September 2015 with only 7 journals and 99 supporting institutions. Five years on, our sustainable business model has attracted nearly 300 supporting institutions, proving the success of its pioneering non-classical economic model, and enabling us to establish a thriving platform [...]

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OLH Readership in 2019 and a Reflection on the First Half Decade

OLH Readership in 2019 and a Reflection on the First Half Decade

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-02-10

Publishing in open access formats implies a series of challenges and opportunities. The opportunity of having research published openly is that it will always improve the speed, efficiency and efficacy of research, its reproducibility and the potential for collaboration. Open access also increases the visibility, usage and impact of research, allowing everyone to benefit from it. Last year at the [...]

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OLH Readership and Cost Reports for 2018-2019

OLH Readership and Cost Reports for 2018-2019

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2019-02-18

It is a truism to note that “all metrics are wrong”. In the world of open access, this may be even more applicable, though. As I have noted elsewhere, different institutions want different metrics (“our readers”, “our authors”) and it is sometimes very difficult to provide these data. Further, we know that a “view” of a web page is not the same as a “read” or any kind of real-world [...]

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OLH Editor Ernesto Priego Speaks on Open Access and the Humanities in Ljubljana

OLH Editor Ernesto Priego Speaks on Open Access and the Humanities in Ljubljana

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2018-06-13

On 22 May 2018 the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana and OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk (NOAD) organised a symposium on the theme of Open Access in the Humanities held at the University of Ljubljana. The conference, which explored the issues involved in the development of research infrastructures in the field of humanities (and, social sciences), was attended by more than 80 [...]

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OLH gives Evidence to Wellcome Trust Review on Open Access

OLH gives Evidence to Wellcome Trust Review on Open Access

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2018-05-22

Today, the 22nd May 2018, the OLH’s Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London, gave evidence to the Wellcome Trust's review on its open access policy.Eve said: "it is heartening that the Wellcome Trust, a key promoter of open access, has opened itself to a critical evaluation of its policy. We hope that the Trust will continue to ensure [...]

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