Open Library of Humanities

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Not to be confused with Open Humanities Press.

The Open Library of Humanities is a non-profit open access publisher for the humanities and social sciences,[1][2] led by the academics Martin Paul Eve and Caroline Edwards.[3] It is also a megajournal modelled on the Public Library of Science but not directly affiliated with it.[1]

The Open Library of Humanities is being funded by a grant the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,[4] and will also use a library partnership subsidy model to cover costs.[5] It has a number of advisory committees, such as the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee which includes PLOS co-founder Michael Eisen,[2] Quebec-based academic Jean-Claude Guédon, and the Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, Kathleen Fitzpatrick.[6] There is an Internationalisation committee to develop an international strategy.[7] A member of this committee, Dr. Francisco Osorio, has written that the open access model of the Open Library of Humanities may be beneficial for researchers publishing in languages other than English.[8]

The technical platform will be based on Open Journal Systems and will use an XML-first publication environment.[9] The University of Lincoln, in partnership with the Public Knowledge Project, offered a funded place for an MSc by Research in Computer Science in order to develop an open-source XML typesetting tool as proposed by the Open Library of Humanities technical roadmap.[10] In November 2013 it was announced that the Public Knowledge Project will be funding the development of the typesetter, known as meTypeset.[11]


  1. ^ a b "About". Open Library of Humanities. 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Howard, Jennifer (29 January 2013). "Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Adeline Koh, 'Mellon Funding for the Open Library of the Humanities', The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 18, 2014,
  4. ^ "Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". Open Library of Humanities. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference Report". Jisc Collections and OAPEN. 2013. p. 10. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee". Open Library of Humanities. 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Schwartz, Meredith (14 February 2013). "Open Library of Humanities Begins Infrastructure Phase". Library Journal. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Osorio, Francisco (5 April 2013). "Open Library of Humanities: mega journals seeing from the south". Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Chile. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Roadmap for Technical Pilot". Open Library of Humanities. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Funding Opportunity in MSc Computer Science by Research". University of Lincoln. 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "PKP supporting OLH development of in-house typesetter". Public Knowledge Project. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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