University of the Sunshine Coast joins OLH LPS model

University of the Sunshine Coast

We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of the Sunshine Coast has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. In 2015 the Australian Research Council ranked USC well above or above world standard in nine key research areas and equal to world standard in five others.

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 USC: “We are delighted that the University of the Sunshine Coast has joined the OLH model. Open access has huge benefits for the humanities disciplines, allowing our work to be disseminated to all who wish to read it. The challenge so far has been that author-pays models have excluded authors in these disciplines. With the help of institutions such as USC we will continue to expand our model that achieves all these benefits, without any of the setbacks.”

Libraries outside the US, UK, EU or Canada interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Professor Martin Paul Eve: martin.eve@openlibhums.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.

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