Open Library of Humanities

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : open library of humanities.

Following the launch of the Open Library of Humanities earlier this year, journals published on this platform are now available via the ejournals A-Z.

The following seven journal titles are included:

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 to present.

Access the Open Library of Humanities via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or the links above.

Open Access E-Books: Johns Hopkins University Press/Project MUSE Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant to Develop “Muse Open”

From a Project MUSE Announcement: Johns Hopkins University Press is delighted to announce the award of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of MUSE Open, a distribution channel for open access monographs through Project MUSE, a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community.

JHUP_logo2“The Mellon Foundation was an early and important supporter of Project MUSE,” said Kathleen Keane, Director of Johns Hopkins University Press. “Mellon’s support of MUSE Open will be instrumental in sustaining and extending our mission to ensure the long-term viability of monographic scholarship.”

MUSE Open will leverage a powerful and trusted distribution channel for long-form humanities scholarship in an enriched digital format. Monographs included in the program will be distributed globally and made visible and usable through discoverability and accessibility tools normally reserved for paid content.

project_muse_logoMUSE Open content will be promoted to researchers, students, and general readers worldwide through existing library channels and through social media, including MUSE Commons. Participating publishers will enjoy the freedom to control the sales, distribution, and marketing of the corresponding printed works.

“In an era of declining library budgets and shifts in reading and consumption habits, scholarly publishers find it increasingly difficult to sustain high-quality digital and print monograph publishing programs in the humanities and qualitative social sciences,” said Keane. “MUSE Open will take advantage of new funding models that take the purchasing burden away from end users for the purposes of providing important new scholarly content available free of charge to readers around the world.”

via Open Access E-Books: Johns Hopkins University Press/Project MUSE Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant to Develop “Muse Open”.

UNESCO Open Access publications

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has made thousands of publications freely available online.

The UNESCO Open Access Policy begins with this quote from the World Conference of Science, 1999, held under the auspices of UNESCO and ICSU:

“Equal access to science is not only a social and ethical requirement for human development, but also essential for realizing the full potential of scientific communities worldwide and for orienting scientific progress towards meeting the needs of humankind.”

UNESCO has adopted an Open Access policy in order to make it’s publications freely available to the public and  to provide the public with an insight into the work of the organization. Publications are published in a variety of languages, including English, Russian, French, Spanish, and Chinese.

The UNESCO Open Access Repository includes the following resources:

UNESCO Open Educational Resource Platform 

 Global Open Access Portal

Publications in Open Access

UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

Documents available online via the Open Access Repository include:

Community Media Overview of Information Literacy Early Childhood Education


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Paperity : multidisciplinary aggregator of OA journals & papers

With the beginning of the new academic year, Paperity, the first multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers, has been launched. Paperity will connect authors with readers, boost dissemination of new discoveries and consolidate academia around open literature.

Right now, Paperity ( includes over 160,000 open articles, “gold” and “hybrid”, from 2,000 scholarly journals, and growing. The goal of the team is to cover – with the support of journal editors and publishers – 100% of Open Access literature in 3 years from now. In order to achieve this, Paperity utilizes an original technology for article indexing, designed by Marcin Wojnarski, a data geek from Poland and a medalist of the International Mathematical Olympiad. This technology indexes only true peer-reviewed scholarly papers and filters out irrelevant entries, which easily make it into other aggregators and search engines.

The amount of scholarly literature has grown enormously in the last decades. Successful dissemination became a big issue. New tools are needed to help readers access vast amounts of literature dispersed all over the web and to help authors reach their target audience. Moreover, research is interdisciplinary now and scholars need broad access to literature from many fields, also from outside of their core research area. This is the reason why Paperity covers all subjects, from Sciences, Technology, Medicine, through Social Sciences, to Humanities and Arts.

There are lots of great articles out there which report new significant findings, yet attract no attention, only because they are hard to find. No more than top 10% of research institutions have good access to communication channels and can share their findings efficiently. The remaining 90%, especially authors from developing countries and early-career researchers, start from a much lower stand and often stay unnoticed despite high quality of their work – says Wojnarski. He adds that it is not by accident that Paperity partners right now with the EU Contest for Young Scientists, the biggest science fair in Europe. With the help of Paperity, the Contest wants to improve dissemination of discoveries authored by its participants – top young talents from all over the continent.

Paperity is the first service of this kind. The most similar existing website, PubMed Central, aggregates open journals, too, but is limited to life sciences alone. Another related service, the Directory of Open Access Journals, does index articles from multiple periodicals and different disciplines, but does not provide aggregation, only pure indexing: it shows metadata of articles, but for fulltext access redirects to external sites. Moreover, both PMC and DOAJ impose strict technical requirements on participating journals, which limits the scope of aggregation. Paperity adapts to whatever technology a given periodical employs.

Nature Partner Journals

News from Nature on Open Access publishing.

Nature Partner Journals is a new series of online open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned international partners.

Each partnership in the Nature Partner Journals portfolio brings together strong editorial leadership with world-class publication systems to deliver high-quality, peer-reviewed original research to the global scientific community through open access publication.

Our new open platform has been launched on to ensure the best possible visibility and reach for open access content, enabling our partners to disseminate high impact research that advances the sciences. Currently, provides over 8 million visitors per month with access to Nature Publishing Group (NPG) publications and services. Each new journal in the Nature Partner Journals portfolio offers authors a high quality, high visibility open access option for their research, covering both applied and basic science disciplines.

Royal Society Open Science

Coming soon (first published here): A new journal from the Royal Society : Royal Society Open Science.  The journal will have a number of distinguishing features:

• objective peer review (publishing all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving any judgement of importance or potential impact to the reader)
• it will offer open peer review as an option
• articles will embody open data principles
• each article will have a suite of article level metrics and encourage post-publication comments
• the Editorial team will consist entirely of practicing scientists and draw upon the expertise of the Royal Society’s Fellowship
• in addition to direct submissions, it will accept articles referred from other Royal Society journals

Royal Society Open Science welcomes the submission of all high quality science including articles which may usually be difficult to publish elsewhere, for example, those that include negative findings. The journal will launch officially later in 2014 and article processing charges will be waived for an initial period. The scope will cover life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.

On 6 March 2015 the Royal Society will mark the 350th anniversary of the launch of Philosophical Transactions. Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said:

Philosophical Transactions was the first journal dedicated to scientific endeavour and introduced the concepts of scientific priority and peer review. Today more than 20,000 scientific journals around the world are based on these two key principles and it is difficult to imagine a research process functioning without them. The publishing model is continually evolving and it’s important that the Royal Society’s own journal offerings do so too.  We are delighted to be publishing this exciting new journal. We hope the Royal Society Open Science demonstrates our continued support for open access publishing and a commitment to publishing research that benefits science and humanity.”

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