We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Florida Libraries has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities.
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With 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 Florida: “It is truly excellent that the University of Florida Libraries have joined the OLH LPS system. The real problem for open access in the humanities is not a desire to hide our work but rather that article processing charges are usually unaffordable locally. By pooling resources between institutions and with the help of institutions like Florida, we will ensure that high-quality, peer-reviewed humanities work can be made available, free-to-read, for all.”
Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communications Librarian at UF Smathers Libraries, added: “The University of Florida and the UF Libraries continue to promote the widest possible dissemination and discovery of research through open access. The Open Library of Humanities represents a positive and innovative advancement in open access publishing by offering a platform with no author fees and a concentration in the humanities disciplines.”
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.