Open Library of Humanities

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

Open Library of Humanities
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon, England
Publication typesAcademic journals
Nonfiction topicsHumanities


The Open Library of Humanities is being funded by core grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation[4][5] and will also use a library partnership subsidy model to cover costs.[6] 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.[7] There is an Internationalisation committee to develop an international strategy.[8] A member of this committee, 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.[9]

Although originally intended to run on Open Journal Systems,[10] in 2017 OLH started development of a new platform, Janeway.[11] Currently the main press site and the journal Orbit[12] are hosted on the new platform. The University of Lincoln, in partnership with the Public Knowledge Project, offered a funded place for an MSc by Research in Computer Science to develop an open-source XML typesetting tool as proposed by the Open Library of Humanities technical roadmap.[13] In November 2013 it was announced that the Public Knowledge Project will be funding the development of the typesetter, known as meTypeset.[14]

The Open Library of Humanities publishing model relies on support from an international collection of libraries, which in effect allows the publication of articles without the need for article processing charges.[15]

The project was officially launched on 28 September 2015.[16]


  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, Archived 2015-12-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation". Open Library of Humanities. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Birkbeck awarded $741,000 grant for new humanities open-access model of publishing".
  6. ^ "Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference Report". Jisc Collections and OAPEN. 2013. p. 10. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee". Open Library of Humanities. 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  8. ^ Schwartz, Meredith (14 February 2013). "Open Library of Humanities Begins Infrastructure Phase". Library Journal. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Roadmap for Technical Pilot". Open Library of Humanities. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Introducing Janeway – the new open source publishing software from Birkbeck". Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  12. ^ "News - Orbit Migrates to Janeway". Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  13. ^ "Funding Opportunity in MSc Computer Science by Research". University of Lincoln. 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  14. ^ "PKP supporting OLH development of in-house typesetter". Public Knowledge Project. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Open Library of Humanities".
  16. ^ "OLH Launches". Open Library of Humanities.

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