Martin Paul Eve awarded major grant for open access work

Professor Eve will use the €30,000 grant from OpenAIRE to expand his work on open access publishing in the humanities.

Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, has been awarded a grant worth €30,000 for his work on open access publishing in the humanities.

The grant will be used to expand the business model of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), the academic-led, gold open access publisher led by Professor Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards, both of Birkbeck’s School of Arts. Open access refers to the publication of academic scholarship or research without a cost to the reader and often under an open license. The OLH is novel in using a different business model to most enterprises that publish in open access, one that is fairer to academics as it never asks them to pay, as many others do.

The OLH was one of six successful projects to receive a grant as part of OpenAIRE’s second call for funding for non-author fee-based publishing initiatives.

Professor Eve said: “I am immensely grateful to OpenAIRE for extending us this opportunity to understand our current business position and then to expand the number of institutions supporting OLH.

"It is clear that open access will not be achieved through a single business model and OpenAIRE’s support for models that do not charge authors is hugely appreciated. Such thinking also allows for open access in disciplines with different funding constraints, particularly in the humanities.” 

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