• Trier University joins OLH Library Partnership Subsidy Model

    Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2021-01-15


We are extremely pleased to announce that Trier University has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Trier University (German: Universität Trier), is a young, dynamic German university based in Trier with a clear focus on training young academics. Founded in 1473, the university was closed at the end of the 18th century and not reopened until 1970. Today, the university has more than12,000 students (including approximately twelve percent international students), making it internationally oriented and regionally rooted on the geographic edge of Germany, but in the heart of Europe. It has six faculties: the faculty of pedagogy, philosophy, and psychology; the faculty of linguistics, literature, and media; the faculty of egyptology, papyrology, history, archeology, art history and politics; the faculty of economics, business, sociology, mathematics and computer science; the faculty of law; and the faculty of geography and geosciences. All departments are active in research and benefit from robust international networks. Collaboration is particularly strong with university partners in neighbouring France, Belgium and Luxembourg, with research focusing on European history and present-day Europe.


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.


Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities, welcomed Trier University: “I’m delighted to welcome Trier University to our library board. It’s fantastic to see that as we increase the number of German titles and articles across our portfolio, more and more German institutions are deciding to allocate part of their funds to support us. It is thanks to this generous support that the OLH can continue to support humanities scholars with the possibility to publish open access without having to pay any author-facing charges.”


The president of Trier University (Prof. Michael Jäckel) and the head librarian (Doris Schirra) regard the membership in the Open Libray of Humanities as an important further step in supporting and promoting Open Access publishing: “For a university focused on the humanities and the social sciences, the Open Library of Humanities offers a suitable profile to our scientists and students – for reading as well as for publishing. It is for this reason that we have decided with our full conviction to become a member of the OLH.”

If you like the work that the Open Library of Humanities is doing, please consider asking your institution to support us financially. We cannot operate without our library members. More details for libraries can be found here: https://www.openlibhums.org/plugins/supporters/signup/.


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