We're very please to announce a partnership between Paperity, the open-access aggregator, and the Open Library of Humanities. This is part of our ongoing commitment to solid discoverability principles for open-access articles at the OLH.
Paperity is the first multi-disciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers. It aims to give readers easy and unconstrained access to thousands of journals from hundreds of disciplines, in one central location; to help authors reach their target audience, disseminate discoveries more effectively and maximize research impact; and to raise the exposure of journals, helping editors and publishers boost readership and encourage new submissions.
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, said of the partnership: “We are delighted to have OLH journals indexed in Paperity. It is vital that we encourage discoverability and indexing of open-access material so that the broadest scholarly benefit is derived from our work. Along with their aggregation services, Paperity's partnership with EBSCO Information Services and Altmetric will help us to achieve this goal.”
Marcin Wojnarski, CEO of Paperity, added: “It is real pleasure for us to include OLH in Paperity. The humanities started embracing Open Access a long time ago and today there are already thousands of journals publishing OA, but so far these efforts have been very dispersed and disconnected from each other, without any clear leader to advocate for openness on behalf of all humanities scholars. We hope the OLH project, with its broad support among academics, innovative funding model and a strong commitment to publishing multiple high-quality journals in various areas of humanities research, will take the lead in the transformation towards universal Open Access and will pave the way for many other humanities journals to join the Open Access movement. We think OLH is an exceptional initiative, and very much needed in the humanities disciplines.”
Journals wishing to join the platform should submit an initial enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the September launch of the OLH, applications will be be subject to the platform's joining procedure. Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: email@example.com. 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.