The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.
The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.
All of our academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship we publish showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines today – from classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, to political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and new media studies, and digital humanities. Our articles benefit from the latest advances in online journal publishing – with high-quality presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, strong discoverability and easy-to-share social media buttons.
Our mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities – for free, for everyone, for ever.
The Open Library of Humanities is formally governed by its charitable trustees. Guidance on project direction and admission of new journals is determined by the academic advisory board and by the library board.
Dr Martin Paul Eve is Senior Lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of three books: Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (Palgrave, 2014); Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge University Press, 2014); and Password: A Cultural History (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016) and many journal articles. A strong advocate for open access to scholarly material, Martin has given evidence to the UK House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Open Access; served on the Jisc OAPEN-UK Advisory Board, the Jisc National Monograph Strategy Group, and the Jisc Scholarly Communications Advisory Board; been a member of the HEFCE Open Access Monographs Expert Reference Group; and is a member of the SCONUL Strategy Group on Academic Content and Communications. Martin is also a qualified computer programmer (Microsoft Professional in C# and the .NET Framework) and is the author of the digital publishing tools meTypeset and CaSSius.
Dr Caroline Edwards is Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. She is author of the forthcoming monograph Fictions of the Not Yet: Time in the Twenty-First-Century British Novel and co-editor of China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015) and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015). Caroline has published articles, interviews and reviews in a number of journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, Contemporary Literature, Textual Practice, Telos, Radical Philosophy, Subjectivity, Left Lion Magazine and the New Statesman. Caroline is Founding and Commissioning Editor of the open-access journal of 21st-century literary criticism Alluvium.
Drs. Saskia C.J. de Vries was the first director of Amsterdam University Press from 1992 to 2012 and founder of Leiden University Press in 2006. Amsterdam University Press was coordinator of the EU project Open Access Publishing in European Networks, that resulted in the OAPEN library. She started her own business in 2012, Sampan – academia & publishing and since then works on various (open access) publishing projects in academia, exploring new ways of disseminating academic research results - for example with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Library of the Netherlands, SURF-foundation, NWO, the Centre of Science and Technology (CWTS) and university libraries in and outside the Netherlands. She is one of the founders of the Quality Open Access Market and she is also involved in the Post FP7 gold open access pilot in OpenAIRE.
Samuel Moore is Managing Editor at Ubiquity Press, primarily responsible for the Open Library of Humanities platform and the Ubiquity Press Metajournals. He is also researching a PhD at King’s College London on the practical and theoretical foundations for a new ecosystem of open-access scholarly publishing for the humanities.
Tommaso Olivero is Publishing Assistant at Ubiquity Press, where he works in production. He holds degrees in Modern Philology (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano) and Digital Humanities (University College London).