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Humanities mega journal seeks UK backing

UK university libraries are being encouraged to support a planned open-access journal that aims to create a radically different business model for the academic publishing industry.

The project to establish an online open-access journal covering all the humanities has already received backing from 60 academic institutions in the United States and Canada and its organisers hope to begin recruiting UK institutions over the coming months.

The plan was created by the Open Library of Humanities which last year won a grant for $90,000 (then worth £53,788) from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to develop the concept and attract interest from the libraries that will pay for it.

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