Open Library of Humanities Library Partnership 2021-2024

  • Start: 1 May 2021
    Expiry: 30 Apr 2024
  • Description:

    The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a not-for-profit, open access publisher for the humanities. OLH implements a collaborative and collective funding model and facilitates open access through institutional membership.

Product overview

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal.

Membership of OLH contributes to the development, sustainability and governance of a collectively-funded platform that produces valuable resources. Institutions are investing in a shared infrastructure and are given a governance stake in the platform's growth.

OLH currently publishes and funds the following 27 journals. The basic membership option support continued publication of these titles. 

  • 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Architectural Histories
  • ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Body, Space & Technology
  • C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings
  • Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • Digital Studies/Le champ numérique
  • Digital Medievalist
  • Ethnologia Europaea
  • Francosphères
  • Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics
  • International Journal of Welsh Writing in English
  • Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • Journal of Embodied Research
  • Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
  • Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology
  • Le foucaldien
  • Marvell Studies
  • Open Library of Humanities Journal
  • Open Screens: Journal of the British Association of Film, Television & Screen Studies
  • Orbit: A Journal of American Literature
  • Pynchon Notes
  • Quaker Studies (partnership with Liverpool University Press)
  • Studies in the Maternal
  • The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O'Brien Studies
  • Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal
  • Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung

Bronze, silver and gold membership options are new for this agreement. These allow institutions to increase funding support which will enable OLH to flip journals currently published under the subscription model with commercial publishers.  

Participating institutions are given:

  • a seat on the OLH Library Board, which is responsible for governing the admission of new journals and for setting year-on-year budgets, in conjunction with the academic board. Board discussions take place electronically and the seat is held for the lifetime of the Membership;
  • a yearly report detailing the Products of the OLH and the ways in which library funds are being spent solely to further the enterprise of open access publishing;
  • access to all Products from the OLH platform (which are open access);
  • a listing on the Open Library of Humanities website as a Member;

VAT does not apply to this agreement. 

Publisher selection policy

New titles will be taken on in consultation with the academic board when institutions take on the higher-level membership options. In this situation, applications will be opened only to journals that are with an existing, for-profit, commercial publisher. Applications will be assessed internally and candidature proposed to our academic board who will make the final title selection. Subscribing institutions will be notified of the outcome of the process.

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