We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Kent has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Kent's status as a leading UK research university was underlined in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which assesses quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) where it was ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity and achieved the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities for research power. It also achieved one of the largest increases in research funding following its REF success.
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 Kent: “I am delighted that the University of Kent has joined the Open Library of Humanities model. We seek to transform the dissemination of scholarship into an open form so that everyone may benefit from the research work in the humanities. With the help of institutions like Kent, we will make this a reality.”
Trudy Turner, Assistant Director, Library Collections, added: “At Kent we are keen to support sustainable and cost effective new models for open access publishing and are therefore delighted to be part of the Open Library of Humanities partnership. It is a privilege to support universal and free access to high quality humanities research through this innovative platform.”
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.