We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Leeds has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Leeds is a member of the Russell Group and has a large and vibrant community of researchers in the arts and humanities.
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 Leeds: “It is wonderful that the University of Leeds has joined the OLH LPS programme. Open access benefits all fields, including the humanities, but is also clear that a single economic model is not appropriate. With the support institutions like Leeds, we will bring the benefits of OA to the humanities in an economically viable and sustainable fashion.”
Stella Butler, University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection added “I’m delighted that the University of Leeds is able to support an innovative business model that enables authors in the humanities to make their work open access, ie available to all without having to pay publishing costs.”
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.