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Freie Universität Berlin Joins Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership

The initiative supports open-access publications by doing away with “article processing charges” for authors

№ 020/2021 from Feb 04, 2021

Freie Universität Berlin has joined the Library Partnership Subsidy system of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a non-profit organization and open-access publisher that does not levy article processing charges (APC) from researchers. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs using payments from an international library consortium, of which the University Library of Freie Universität has been a member since 2020.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Freie Universität Berlin on board,” says Paula Clemente Vega, OLH Marketing Officer. “The relevance of open access to academic publishing has never been more clear, and it’s great to see that research institutions are uniting together and moving into this direction. Supporting scholar-led and non-APC open access initiatives such as the Open Library of Humanities is now more important than ever. With the help of Freie Universität Berlin – and our other member institutions – we will continue to expand our model for open access in the humanities so researchers irrespective of their institution and funding situation can also have the possibility to publish OA.”

Dr. Andreas Brandtner, executive director of the University Library at Freie Universität, notes, “Freie Universität Berlin has been active in supporting the idea of open access for many years. The University Library offers a number of open-access services, and all our scholars are recommended to make digital full texts of their publications freely accessible, where possible. We are glad to further support and intensify the idea of open-access publishing by joining the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy Program.”


Further Information


Dr. Andreas Brandtner, Executive Director, University Library, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 / 838-650 94, Email: leitung@ub.fu-berlin.de

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