Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

Earlier this year, a new company called Open Library of Humanities (OLH) was announced. Basing itself in the style of Public Library of Science (PLOS) http://www.plos.org and http://www.plosone.org, it will be an open access “megajournal” that will publish thoroughly peer reviewed humanities and social science research under Open Access conditions at a financially fair rate.
The OHL mission is to provide a platform for Open Access publishing that is:
• Reputable and respected through rigorous peer review
• Sustainable
• Digitally preserved and safely archived in perpetuity
• Non-profit
• Open in both monetary and permission terms
• Non-discriminatory (APCs are waiverable)
• Technically innovative in response to the needs of scholars and librarians
• A solution to the serials crisis

This is exciting news. The humanities need a journal just like this one.

There are differences among the disciplines relevant to the realization of open access. The fields of Science, Technology, and Medicine have been early adopters of open access. Clearly OA options are beginning to expand in the Humanties and Social science fields. Peter Suber, OA guru, identifies several reasons for the slower advance of Open Access in the Humanties and Social science fields, including:
  • lower journal pricing;
  • less availability of federal funding;
  • higher peer review costs; and
  • the prevalence of the book as a format.
To learn more about the issues, here are a few interesting websites:
Follow the OLH project on Twitter @openlibhums and Like the Facebook page

To learn more about OLH go to the following sites:
- If you would like to discuss the value of Open Access in your discipline please contact Jane Burpee, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team, Library (lib.research@uoguelph.ca).

 - Posted by K. Jane

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