Expanding Access to Knowledge: How Enlightenment Ideals Can Strengthen Public Support for the Humanities

“Some scholars of the humanities, like Robert Darnton, have begun to address these problems by supporting the development of open access (OA) publishing infrastructure in their own disciplines.9 While others continue to believe that OA necessarily entails the imposition of author-side publication fees, this is simply not true. Philosophers’ Imprint, published by the innovative University of Michigan Library, is an OA humanities journal that does not require the payment of any author-side fees. Additionally, the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a nonprofit organization that publishes [End Page 384] OA scholarship without author-side fees. Launched in September 2015 following early support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the OLH operates using a partnership subsidy model in which an international library consortium supports the OLH financially in exchange for participation in its governance. …”