We can now announce that over the past 12 months the OLH has been in discussion with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Open Book Publishers and Harvard University Press as potential partners.
With this planning grant in place [from the Mellon Foundation, April 2014], the OLH has been able to make great strides in fleshing out its business model – the Library Partnership Subsidy (LPS). Instead of article processing charges (APCs), this model will implement a collaborative and collective funding model for gold open access publishing in the humanities – bringing together lots of libraries all paying a small amount to make it work.
In order to survey methods of building this LPS model, Jisc Collections has now launched a call for library participation. Using their extensive portfolio of experience in open access procurement, Jisc Collections can help the OLH reach the wider library community in order to secure a sustainable and scalable approach to gold open access publishing without any author-facing charges.
Finally, we have now begun to invite pledged articles to be submitted to the OLH in preparation for launch. The launch of our submission platform is now just months away! As usual, we’d like to thank everyone for your continuing efforts in terms of discussion, advocacy, signing our “Pledge to Publish,” and for the ongoing task of raising the profile of the OLH both in the media as well as across your respective institutions and peer networks.
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See Also: Monograph Publishing Pilot (July 2, 2014)