• Open Library of Humanities Wins Highly Commended ALPSP Award

    Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-09-17

We are delighted to announce that the Open Library of Humanities has been Highly Commended for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020. We would like to send a huge thanks to the judges and many congratulations to the two joint winners, Jus Mundi and The DAISY Consortium. The awards were announced last evening (16th September) at the ALPSP international publishing conference.

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a scholar-led charitable organisation dedicated to publishing world-leading open access humanities scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges. Launched in 2015, our free-to-read, free-to-publish model was set up to revolutionise the field of open access publishing. Five years on, our sustainable business model has attracted nearly 300 supporting institutions, with further revenue generated through hosting on our in-house open source publishing platform Janeway, enabling us to establish a thriving platform of 28 peer-reviewed open access journals. Our mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities - for free, for everyone, for ever.

Martin Eve, Co-Director of the Open Library of Humanities commented: "As the OLH approaches its fifth birthday, this month, it is fantastic to have this formal recognition from ALPSP. While it is frustrating that more publishers have not yet taken on board the lessons from OLH -- that it is possible to establish OA titles that do not involve charging authors -- it is gratifying to receive this commendation from The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. We are extremely grateful to ALPSP and the judging panel for all their work."

Every year the ALPSP Awards bring the scholarly communications community together to celebrate the very best in the industry. Applications were invited for any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. This year, eight finalists were shortlisted: Charlesworth WeChat Gateway, DataSeer, Jus Mundi, Open Library of Humanities, Rigor and Transparency Index powered by SciScore, Scholarcy, Select Crowd Review and WordToEPUB. 


The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is an international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. With nearly 300 members in 30 countries, membership also includes those that work with these publishers. Its mission is to connect, inform, develop and represent the international scholarly and professional publishing community.

For more information and to see the complete list of awarded projects/initiatives, read the ALPSP press release: https://www.alpsp.org/news/alpsp-awards-2020-winners-announced-sep-2020

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