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.

Governance Structure

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a registered charity in England and Wales (1163413). Registered company number 08615787. Registered office: Salisbury House, Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2LA. The organisation is a company limited by guarantee with charitable articles of association. The Open Library of Humanities and its logo are registered trademarks. The OLH is a strictly not-for-profit entity and it has no shareholders.

The Open Library of Humanities is formally governed by its trustees, four active humanities academics from the UK. The day-to-day business of the OLH is conducted by its co-CEOs, Dr Caroline Edwards and Professor Martin Paul Eve.

The co-CEOs are advised, in their operation of the platform, by various committees from whom they can seek advice and from libraries who fund the platform and vote on new journal admissions.