May 23, 2017

Open Library of Humanities Begins Infrastructure Phase

OLH LogoSince LJ interviewed Martin Eve about his nascent project, then called PLOHSS, a lot has happened. In the intervening month, it’s been rechristened the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). OLH has launched a campaign asking scholars to Pledge to Publisha paper with OLH within its first year. (Scholars who so pledge and don’t have institutional support will have any fees, yet to be determined, waived.) Eve told LJ, “The “Pledge to Publish” campaign is approaching 100 signatures – just a couple of weeks in – with no upper bound targeted, although, with such an enthusiastic initial response we will be carefully staging things so that the fledgling project isn’t overwhelmed.”

“We’ve parted company with Tim McCormick but are focusing our efforts on the next stage of the project: prototyping and decision making. As discussions begin we’ll start publishing the minutes of those meetings that will be ratified by board members,” Eve continued.

A new Internationalization Committee, responsible for developing OLH’s international strategy and how the OLH can work with journals published in languages other than English, has launched, as well as an early-career-researcher committee. In addition, the existing committees have filled up with members and launched their mailing lists, while OLH has debuted a logo, an interactive calendar, a Facebook and Twitter presence, and two factsheets.

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