We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Brighton has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirmed Brighton’s position as one of the top 60 institutions in the UK in the quality research league tables and ranked the institution as 27th out of 128 universities for world-leading research impact.
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 Brighton: “It is fantastic that the University of Brighton has joined the OLH LPS model. For some time now there has been a vision of open access for the humanities with many researchers realising the benefit of allowing anyone to read high-quality research material. The challenge has been in the implementation. With the help of institutions like the University of Brighton we will expand our model for fee-free gold open access in the humanities disciplines.”
The University of Brighton added that “The University of Brighton is committed to Open Access publishing and believes that it is the only method of ensuring that our research is shared freely and openly with all stakeholders, collaborative partners and the community as a whole. Initiatives such as the OLH will make a significant contribution to changing the future of academic publishing within the Humanities.”
Existing subscription 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.