We are extremely pleased to announce that Riksbankens Jubileumsfond has agreed to support the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system for the next three years. Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) is an independent foundation with the goal of promoting and supporting research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. RJ is the most important foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences in Sweden. As of December 2015, this brings the OLH LPS consortium to 150 members.
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 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond: “It is wonderful when prestigious funders such as Riksbankens Jubileumsfond recognise the benefits of open access. It is also clear, though, that new models are needed to make OA work in the humanities. With the help of RJ we will expand our model for open access in the humanities disciplines.”
Existing journals wishing to move to the platform should submit an initial enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.