I'm just writing part of a faculty briefing for our university's information
futures policy and tracking some of the developments here. OHP is a
tremendous leap - and with both vectors and Fibreculture squarely in the
CRUMB field. The idea of a double layer of quality assurance shd mean we can
persuade both colleagues and research councils etc to recognise online
journals as major sites equivalent to the hardcopy journals. A/c an EC
report, Science technology medecine publishing is worth between 7 and 11 bn
USD and prices have been rising at between 200 and 300 per cent of inflation
. . .

Other key sites:

And  see also the Harvard declaration on open repositories, item five on the
agenda at

And for a discipline specific battle with the big publishers see


On 6/05/08 8:42 PM, "Sally Jane Norman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Interesting in the context of current discussion?
> Possibly the art/ culture response to SCOAP-type initiatives (with thanks
> Roger for your analysis!)
> best
> sjn
> Open Humanities Press is an international Open Access publishing collective
> specializing in critical and cultural theory. OHP was formed by academics to
> overcome the current crisis in scholarly publishing that threatens
> intellectual freedom and academic rigor worldwide. OHP journals are
> academically certified by OHP's independent board of international scholars.
> All OHP publications are peer-reviewed, published under open access licenses,
> and freely and immediately available online at
> <>  .
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Launch of Open Humanities Press
> Open Access expands to humanities disciplines with a bold new publishing
> initiative in critical and cultural theory
> Brussels, Belgium - On May 12, 2008, the Open Humanities Press (OHP) will
> launch with 7 of the leading Open Access journals in critical and cultural
> theory. A non-profit, international grass-roots initiative, OHP marks a
> watershed in the growing embrace of Open Access in the humanities.
> "OHP is a bold and timely venture" said J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished
> Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, a long-time
> supporter of the Open Access movement and OHP board member. "It is designed to
> make peer-reviewed scholarly and critical works in a number of humanistic
> disciplines and cross-disciplines available free online. Initially primarily
> concerned with journals, OHP may ultimately also include book-length writings.
> This project is an admirable response to the current crisis in scholarly
> publishing and to the rapid shift from print media to electronic media. This
> shift, and OHP's response to it, are facets of what has been called 'critical
> climate change.'"
> "The future of scholarly publishing lies in Open Access" agreed Jonathan
> Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at
> Cornell University and fellow member of OHP's editorial advisory board.
> "Scholars in the future should give careful consideration to the where they
> publish, since their goal should be to make the products of their research as
> widely available as possible, to people throughout the world. Open Humanities
> Press is a most welcome initiative that will help us move in this direction."
> OHP will give new confidence to humanities academics who wish to make their
> work freely accessible but have concerns about the academic standards of
> online publishing. In addition to being peer-reviewed, all OHP journals
> undergo rigorous vetting by an editorial board of leading humanities scholars.
> OHP's board includes Alain Badiou, Chair of Philosophy at the École Normale
> Supérieure, Donna Haraway, Professor of the History of Consciousness and
> Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Director of the
> International Center for Writing and Translation, UC Irvine, Gayatri Spivak,
> Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, Peter
> Suber, Open Access Project Director for Public Knowledge and Professor of
> Philosophy at Earlham College, and Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University
> Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University, who has been leading the
> public debate on the crisis of academic publishing in the humanities.
> "Open-access publishing in serious, peer-reviewed online scholarly journals is
> one of the keys to solving a financial crisis that has afflicted university
> libraries everywhere and has had a chilling effect on virtually every academic
> discipline" said Greenblatt."Making scholarly work available without charge on
> the internet has offered hope for the natural sciences and now offers hope in
> the humanities."
> With initial offerings in continental philosophy, cultural studies, new media,
> film and literary criticism, OHP serves researchers and students as the Open
> Access gateway for editorially-vetted scholarly literature in the humanities.
> The first journals to become part of OHP are Cosmos and History, Culture
> Machine, Fibreculture, Film-Philosophy, International Journal of Zizek
> Studies, Parrhesia and Vectors.
> "But it's not simply a matter of what Open Access can do for the humanities"
> added Gary Hall, Professor of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry
> University, co-editor of Culture Machine and one of the co-founders of OHP.
> "It is also a case of what can the humanities do for Open Access. Researchers,
> editors and publishers in the humanities have developed very different
> professional cultures and intellectual practices to the STMs who have
> dominated the discussion around Open Access to date. OHP is ideally positioned
> to explore some of the exciting new challenges and perspectives in scholarly
> communication that are being opened up for Open Access as it is increasingly
> adopted within the humanities."
> ##

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