Baylor University joins OLH library consortium

Baylor University

We're extremely pleased to announce that Baylor University has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Baylor University, a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship.

The Open Library of Humanities is a new breed of publisher. Academic-led and philanthropically funded by the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the OLH is a gold open-access publisher with a focus on peer review. Unlike other gold open-access publishers, though, the costs of our publishing are paid for, in advance, by a global library consortium so that authors can submit and never be charged. This model means that there are no fees for authors and no incentives for us to accept sub-par work.

Dr. Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Baylor: “It is wonderful that Baylor has participated in our LPS membership. We have had a wonderful response to our call already and it is a testament to the problems of the current environment that there is such a hunger for new models. We hope, with the support of institutions like Baylor, to build a model that will benefit everyone while harnessing the power of open access to humanities research.”

Jeff Steely, Associate Dean of Libraries, added: “The Baylor Libraries are pleased to be an early supporter of this innovative approach to open access. I believe this initiative helps address some of the challenges of converting humanities journals to an open access model.”

Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: martin.eve@openlibhums.org. UK-based libraries will shortly be able to join through Jisc Collections. US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at https://lyrasis.openlibhums.org.

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