University of Konstanz supports the Open Library of Humanities


The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a scholar-led not-for-profit platform for OA journals in the humanities and social sciences. It does not use the article processing charges (APC) model, but rather is funded by payments from an international library consortium (e.g., via JISC Collections in the UK and LYRASIS in the USA) and by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The University of Konstanz has joined the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model and is also helping the OLH to win further supporters in the German-speaking area and to build up a German-language environment on the OLH platform.

Professor Martin Paul Eve, one of the founders of the OLH, warmly welcomed the support of the University of Konstanz and expressed the hope that this partnership would help to expand the OLH’s model for open access in the German-speaking regions.

Petra Hätscher, Director of IT and Library Services at the University of Konstanz, stated that she viewed the OLH model as an innovative, high-quality, and sustainable way to achieve more open access, and that she especially appreciated the multilingual approach, which was often of great importance to the humanities, in particular.

In the coming years, the OLH wants to extend its reach to other disciplines (see Caroline Edwards’ interview with scilog: “The ‘gold route’ to Open Science”).