We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Salford has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Salford has an international reputation as a research-informed institution that creates and applies new ideas, turning them into opportunities to benefit individuals and the knowledge economy, via a portfolio of over £20 million across research and enterprise.
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 Salford: “It is thrilling that the University of Salford has become the 100th institution to support the Open Library of Humanities. Unlike many models, our publishing system delivers savings to institutions when more join. With the help of institutions like Salford, we will not only enable open access to humanities research, but also spare library budgets through our charitable, not-for-profit mission.”
David Clay, Associate University Librarian, added: “The University of Salford recognises the challenges faced by authors in humanities disciplines in embracing open access. We are delighted to support the OLH and the development of a sustainable model for open access in the humanities.”
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.