We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Sussex has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. A leading research university, the University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.
Dr. Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Sussex: “I am particularly delighted, not least as an alumnus, to welcome the University of Sussex to the Open Library of Humanities's Library Board. Article Processing Charges present a particular challenge in the humanities disciplines but with the help of universities like Sussex, we will build a model more suited to these subjects.”
Jane Harvell, Head of Academic Services and Special Collections added “We jumped at the chance to join, the OLH is a ground-breaking initiative with the potential to significantly transform publishing in the humanities. I am looking forward to working with it to help support our work in Open Access advocacy at Sussex”
Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: firstname.lastname@example.org. UK-based libraries can join through Jisc Collections at http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/Index/2120. US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at https://lyrasis.openlibhums.org.