We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Patras in Greece has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the Academic year 1966-67. The University of Patras is significantly active in research and has a reputation for quality and innovative research. The University’s research activity is supported by its policies for the promotion of excellence and the creation of the appropriate research environment.
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.
Professor Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed the University of Patras: “I am thrilled that the University of Patras has become the first Greek university to have joined the Open Library of Humanities model. All around the world, institutions are founding a new route to gold open access in the humanities disciplines. With the help of Universities like Patras, we will expand our offering without author fees.”
The Acting Director of the University of Patras’s Library, Giannis Tsakonas, added that “the decision to join OLH was based on the growing demand of our scholars to publish their works openly. Over the years we have made a great effort to communicate the principles and benefits of Open Access. Therefore, it is not just our duty to serve their demand, but also a pleasure to see that they want to contribute to such endeavors, such as that of the OLH”.
Libraries outside the US, UK, EU or Canada interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Professor 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. European libraries can sign up at http://lps.openlibhums.org.