We are extremely pleased to announce that Boston University has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Boston University is a major research institution seeking knowledge and creating breakthroughs in everything from African studies to zebrafish genetics. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities.
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 Boston University: “We are delighted that Boston University has joined the OLH model. It has often been said that the humanities lags behind the sciences in terms of open access, but we have always maintained that it was more a case of finding a model that would work for these disciplines. With the help of BU we will continue to expand our Article Processing Charge-free OA model.”
“Boston University is eager to join with the Open Library of the Humanities and its supporting institutions to provide library support for open access publishing in the humanities,” said Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Open Access. “Developing economically sustainable publishing platforms and services is essential to removing barriers to scholarly research and communication.”
Libraries outside the US, UK, EU or Canada interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Professor Martin Paul Eve: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 https://lps.openlibhums.org.