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OLH reopens applications to flip subscription journals to open access

The Open Library of Humanities (OHL) is accepting expressions of interest from subscription journals. 

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The Open Library of Humanities is currently accepting expressions of interest from subscription journals in the humanities seeking to move to a gold open access (OA) publishing model without author-facing charges (‘diamond’ OA).

The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, scholar-led, gold open-access publisher of 28 journals with no author-facing charges. The publishing platform is funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined OLH in their mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. OLH’s mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities – for free, for everyone, forever.

The reopening comes following the generosity of OLH’s higher-tier supporters in enabling the OLH to expand its portfolio of 28 peer-reviewed open access scholarly journals, and the invaluable ongoing support received from the over 300 member libraries and institutions that make this work possible.

OLH welcomes expressions of interest from journals interested in flipping to gold open-access without author-facing charges, and which meet the following requirements:

  • Must be peer-reviewed
  • Has been established for at least five years
  • Currently funded through a subscription model
  • Journal is based in a humanities discipline
  • Has an international editorial board

OLH also welcomes areas within the humanities not currently covered by its existing journals, and expressions of interest from international, multilingual, and learned society journals, although all expressions of interest will be considered. Initial expressions of interest and exploratory conversations may be made without commitment. Shortlisted expressions of interest will then be invited to make a full application.

“We are delighted to be able to launch this initiative to help make scholarly research more openly accessible. By supporting more subscription journals to transition to open access, we aim to ensure the open availability of knowledge as broadly as possible, as per our charitable aims and core mission”, said Dr Rose Harris-Birtill, Acting Director of the Open Library of Humanities. “These criteria are in place to help create savings for library budgets, to stimulate the commercial business sector to adopt new models for open access scholarship, and to ensure the highest journal quality for our supporting members.”

Journals wishing to join the platform should fill in the expression of interest form. For institutions and libraries who would like to contribute to helping OLH continue this vital work, please contact Paula Clemente Vega.