Here’s some exciting news for readers interested in experiments in academic publishing: the Open Library of the Humanities has just received a substantial Mellon Foundation grant to build its technological platform, business model, journal and monograph pilot scheme.
The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) — run by the enterprising Martin Paul Eve(@martin_eve) and Caroline Edwards (@the_blochian) — is an ambitious project to replicate the Public Library of Science (PLoS) project for the humanities. PLoS is a non-profit organization of scientists dedicated to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely accessible to scientists and to the public.
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From the Open Library of Humanities Blog:
With the funds provided by the Foundation, we will spend the next 12 months undertaking three core tasks:
- building our business model to ensure the sustainability of the OLH
- soliciting articles and processing them through our rigorous peer reviewed system
- constructing the technological infrastructure (in partnership with Ubiquity Press)
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with supporting the OLH for all your hard work in advocating for a sustainable open access megajournal within the humanities scholarly communities. We’re extremely excited about the build-up to our launch, which is now financially secure.
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See Also: Last November the Open Library of Humanities Received a $25,000 Grant from the Public Knowledge Project