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 the UK's Finch Report has brought a sense of urgency, and confusion, to debates concerning open access publishing. Meanwhile, arguments that the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) should resist such an implementation of open access publishing obligations, argues Martin, contradict the insistence that HSS subjects remain vitally important, particularly at a time of greatly reduced funding to these particular disciplines.
If we are to demonstrate our continuing viability and significance in HSS academic disciplines, it is vital that our research be made available to the public in an ethically sound and open access model of scholarly publishing. This is why the Open Library of Humanities has been established and we are grateful and heartened by the rapid and overwhelming level of support we have already received in the first week of the launch of our new website.
As Martin writes:
You can read the article in full on the LSE Impact Blog.