• The University of Liège's Library (ULiège Library) joins OLH LPS Model

    Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-12-01


We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Liège’s Library (ULiège Library), by the means of its Humanities and Social Sciences branch, has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Acting in the capacity of the University of Liège, one of the major universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in Belgium, ULiège Library provides research and information to the university’s community and beyond in developing and maintaining collections and services as well as in creating tools and resources that ensure the reinforcement of scientific information literacy. ULiège Library is also actively engaged in the promotion and development of Open Access, especially its fair and sustainable forms. ULiège Library’s setting up of various platforms testifies to this. They include the institutional Open Repository and Bibliography (ORBi), PoPuPs - a portal which allows journal editors, including members of ULiège, to publish Open Access journals without requiring any payment from authors, MatheO - the gateway site to the Master’s Theses of the University of Liège, and epublish, a platform which allows authors to write, edit, and publish Open Access ebooks. ULiège Library also promotes Open Access by supporting partners such as OpenEdition and Érudit.

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.

 "We're very pleased to welcome ULiège Library to our library board," said Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities. "Gold open access via the application of article processing charges remains one of the greater challenges for the majority of unfunded humanities scholars. In the past five years, OLH has been demonstrating that a model for high-quality open access publishing without APCs is possible and also sustainable. It's thanks to the funding of our member libraries that the OLH has been able to make thousands of articles open access under our no-author-fee system. With the support of partners such as ULiège Library, we will continue expanding this model and opening the future for more collaborative funding models for OA that allow everyone to publish OA irrespective of their funding situation."

“By contributing to the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy, we are committed to reinforcing the diversification of the scholarly publishing landscape with fair and sustainable open access models. By the same token, we are proud to ensure that researchers from the University of Liège and beyond can continue to publish open access without facing charges” added Paul Thirion, Head Librarian of ULiège Library.



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