Open Access journal publishing: A new platform for the Humanities


This week saw the culmination of over two years’ work by a dedicated group of Humanities’ scholars, libraries and funders; the “Open Library of Humanities” was revealed to the world. In an editorial for the first edition of a new journal Martin Paul Eve and Caroline Edwards commented:

Ironically, in the age of digital reproduction the circulation of our academic humanities journals is decreasing (because our libraries cannot afford to subscribe in the face of an increasing volume of published material and hyper-inflationary journal price increases), even while we have the technological capacity to disseminate and preserve our work online.[1]

This venture, undertaken with Ubiquity Press, provides seven journals with a new home.

  • ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Open Library of Humanities
  • Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon
  • Studies in the Maternal.

The Open Library has no article processing fees and no subscriptions. It does, however, have relationships with one hundred libraries with the provision of some funding in return for a governance stake in admission of new journals to the platform. The platform is user friendly, including the provision of a “dyslexia friendly’ option in the online format, it has a clean layout, and an easy to read typeface.

Would you like to know more about open access journals? Contact your Discipline Librarian and have a discussion.

[1] Eve, M. P., & Edwards, C. (2015). Opening the Open Library of Humanities. Open Library of Humanities, 1(1). doi:10.16995/olh.46