Open Library of Humanities Super Collection

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

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Open Access and Academic Publishing


The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.

All of our academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship we publish showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines today – from classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, to political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and new media studies, and digital humanities. Our articles benefit from the latest advances in online journal publishing – with high-quality presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, strong discoverability and easy-to-share social media buttons.

Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.

If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.


The OLH Model

The OLH recognises that the economics of the humanities are different. The majority of research in the humanities remains unfunded except through institutional time. For this reason, Article Processing Charges are not a palatable option for these disciplines. We are funded instead through a model of Library Partnership Subsidies to collectively fund the venue and its array of journals. A large number of libraries and institutions worldwide already support us, which makes for a sustainable, safe platform.



What is a Special Collection?

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) Special Collections are collections of articles published within the OLH journal dedicated to focussed research topics (see the journal’s homepage). These function in a similar way to special issues of “traditional” journals, with a couple of key differences:

  • Articles are published on a “rolling” format, meaning that each article is published as soon as it passes successfully through the double blind peer review process.
  • Whilst articles are collated within the Special Collection, which has its own dedicated URL, they also appear within the general issues of the Open Library of Humanities journal, drawing a wider and interdisciplinary humanities readership to the collection.

In addition, OLH Special Collections are flexible with regards to the number of articles published within a particular collection. There is no upper limit to the number of articles that may be published within each collection and Guest Editors have full autonomy to make their own editorial decisions regarding which articles to accept. There are two routes to publishing a Special Collection with the OLH:

  • Editors draft a public Call for Articles (or CFP) and edit the submissions they receive.
  • Editors produce an invited-only collection of articles (often this results from a conference, workshop, or other academic collaboration). Articles will still need to pass through double blind peer review, but the collection is not open to contributors outside of those invited by the editors themselves.

Once an application to edit a Special Collection has been accepted, editors will work closely with the OLH editorial team to develop their Call For Articles and publicise it via the relevant disciplinary listservs and professional networks. Editors are then assigned OLH Editorial Accounts and can use the online manuscript submissions system to access articles submitted to the collection. Editors are responsible for organising double blind peer review for all of the articles submitted to the collection, and making editorial decisions based on peer reviewers’ feedback. The OLH manages the production process for all articles, including copy-editing, typesetting, and proofreading (in liaison with authors).



19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

Created on 2016-10-18

ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts

A peer-reviewed publication, catering primarily to faculty appointed in liberal arts institutions with programs in Asian Studies [by Open Library of Humanities (OLH)]

Created on 2016-10-11

Glossa: a journal of general linguistics

Glossa is dedicated to general linguistics. It publishes contributions from all areas of linguistics, provided they contain theoretical implications that shed light on the nature of language and the language faculty. Contributions should be of interest to all linguists, independently of their own specialisation (publ. by Open Library of Humanities/ OLH)

Created on 2018-06-12

Journal of Portuguese Linguistics

The Journal of Portuguese Linguistics is concerned with all branches of linguistics and aims at publishing high-quality papers in the field of Portuguese linguistics, including the comparison between any varieties of Portuguese and any other language(s). Contributions are welcome from linguists in all countries, and from different linguistic theories and frameworks, including theoretically oriented work, comparative work, experimental studies, and interdisciplinary contributions. Papers are selected for publication solely on the basis of scientific quality. The language of publication is English (publ. by Open Library of Humanities/ OLH)

Created on 2018-06-12

Laboratory Phonology

The journal Laboratory Phonology is the official journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. It publishes reports on the scientific study of all phonological / phonetic aspects of spoken and signed language through scholarly exchange across disciplines, including all domains of linguistics (phonology, phonetics, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics) as well as from related disciplines, including psychology, speech & hearing science, communication science, computer science, electrical & computer engineering, and other related fields (publ. by Open Library of Humanities/ OLH)

Created on 2018-06-12

Open Library of Humanities

This journal publishes internationally-leading, rigorous and peer-reviewed scholarship across the humanities disciplines (by OLH)

Created on 2016-10-11

Orbit: A Journal of American Literature

A peer-reviewed, Open Access journal of contemporary American fiction from the second half of the twentieth century to the present by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

Created on 2016-10-11

The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

This journal’s purpose is to make original, media-specific contributions to the field of comics scholarship (by the Open Library of Humanities/ OLH)

Created on 2016-10-11


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