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The Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Developed and run by Professor Martin Paul Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards, the platform is underpinned by a unique economic model for publishing free-to-read academic journals.

OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries committed to making scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. After receiving a startup grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of $741,000, it is sustained by financial contributions from over 200 academic libraries around the world, including those at Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, UNC, KCL, UCL and, of course, Birkbeck.

The project emerged out of research undertaken by Professor Eve (Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future, Cambridge University Press, 2014) and is informed by his on-going research. In his book, Eve offered a clear summary of the histories of open, online access to research, the specific challenges and benefits to the humanities, and the controversies that have raged about scholarly communication in a digital age. Having now established the Open Library of Humanities, he continues to reflect on the possibilities and challenges of providing this unique model of publishing for the humanities. This research is published in many journal articles and is included in the forthcoming ‘Literature after Criticism’ (Open Book Publishers, 2016).

A goal of the platform is to offset library expenditure to allow for more funding to be diverted into open access publishing, to ensure the broadest access to higher-education research material. Several participating journals used to be subscription-based but have moved to the platform as a more accessible alternative.

The OLH currently publishes or funds 18 journals, all of which meet the highest standards of academic peer review:

  • 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Architectural Histories
  • ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings
  • Digital Studies/Le Champ Numerique
  • Digital Medievalist
  • Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics
  • Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology
  • Marvell Studies
  • Orbit: A Journal of American Literature
  • Pynchon Notes
  • Studies in the Maternal
  • The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English
  • The Journal of Embodied Research
  • The Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
  • The Open Library of Humanities journal

For free access to these journals and for  more information about OLH go to: https://www.openlibhums.org/