New nonprofit seeks open access for the humanities

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  • Over the last 10 years, the Public Library of Science established itself as a major player in open access, peer-reviewed scientific publishing, and a new nonprofit, the Open Library of Humanities, hopes to do the same for the humanities and social sciences.
  • The OLH's founders include Stanford MediaX consultant Tim McCormick, University of Lincoln English lecturer Caroline Edwards and Martin Paul Eve, also a University of Lincoln English professor, as well as a computer programmer.
  • Right now, the OLH is still just "a dream and a website," but the organization has filled positions on an advisory committee and is in talks with several foundations to line up between $1 and $1.5 million in funding.

From the article:

Open access isn't just for scientists. Opening up research is an idea that appeals to more and more humanists and social scientists. The trick has been how those fields can support the open sharing of research. Several recent publishing ventures and platforms, including the Open Humanities Press and Anvil Academic, are investigating how to bring more open-access journals and monographs online. ...

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