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Martin Paul Eve
Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing
University of London
It has often been said that the humanities disciplines lag behind the sciences when it comes to open access. This is usually attributed to a combination of economic, social, and technical factors. In this project briefing we will outline the model of Library Partnership Subsidies that provides the long-term sustainability mechanism for our Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded platform, the Open Library of Humanities. With almost 200 institutions participating in the first year, this non-classical economic model shows considerable potential to underwrite the labor and technology of open scholarly platforms. We will also here speak about our ongoing work to “flip” subscription journals in the humanities disciplines over to a pure model of gold open access, without author-facing charges. Finally, we will outline the barriers that young platforms face in terms of discoverability, indexing, and integration in an online, networked environment, even in the age of openness.