Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Access?

Open access means putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature on the internet. Making it available free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Removing the barriers to serious research -- Peter Suber, Open Access News.

What is the Open Humanities Alliance?

The Open Humanities Alliance is a community-building project of the Open Humanities Press. It aims to overcome some of the common technical barriers to open access in the humanities by linking students and faculty with resources such as open source software, hosting and archiving. The Open Humanities Alliance is a way for like-minded people from inside or outside the academy to work together in opening humanities scholarship to the world.

What is the Public Knowledge Project?

The Public Knowledge Project is a research and development initiative directed toward improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research through the development of innovative online publishing and knowledge-sharing environments. PKP has developed Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Systems, free software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals and conferences, as well as Open Archives Harvester and Lemon8-XML to facilitate the indexing of research and scholarship. This open source software is being used around the world to increase access to knowledge and improve its scholarly management, while considerably reducing publishing costs. More at the Public Knowledge Project.

How long can my journal be hosted with you?

As long as ibiblio keeps supporting us, we can keep supporting you. was formed as a collaboration between the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's MetaLab, formerly known as SunSITE, and the Center for the Public Domain in September of 2000. At UNC-Chapel Hill, ibiblio is supported by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Information and Library Science. More at ibiblio.

Who owns the copyright on journals hosted by the Open Humanities Alliance?

Authors retain the copyright for articles in journals hosted by the OHA. Editors can choose which Creative Commons license they wish to use. However, we strongly encourage the Creative Commons ShareAlike which allows anyone to alter, transform, or build upon a work, but the resulting work may only be distributed under the same, similar or a compatible license. More at Creative Commons.

Will my journal be permanently archived?

We don't permanently archive any journals ourselves but encourage editors to list their journal with the Directory of Open Access Journals. Journals that provide their metadata to the DOAJ will be eligible for permanent archiving by the e-Depot of the National Library of the Netherlands. (OJS has a plug-in for sending the journal metadata to DOAJ).

What if I want to change hosts?

You're under no obligation to us and can leave with your journal at any time. We'll export your journal for you as an XML file and then delete it from our database.

Do you use journal hosting software other than Open Journal Systems?

At this point, we're only offering OJS.

Can I have my own URL?

Unfortunately, at this point we can only offer urls.

I have received my login and password for my journal. What do I do now?

Have a look at OJS in an Hour and these other Public Knowledge Project resources. If you have questions about how to use OJS, please ask them at the PKP forums.

Why is the Open Humanities Alliance providing free journal hosting?

We're open access advocates. We want to reduce the barriers to making humanities scholarship freely available on the web. We're hearing that installing journal software is still quite challenging for many people. With ibiblio's support, we can help people past this first technical hurdle and let you just get on with the real work of editing an open access journal.

Are journals hosted by Open Humanities Alliance also part of OHP?

No. Unlike the journals hosted here, OHP journals undergo editorial review by OHP's Editorial Oversight Group to make sure they meet OHP's editorial and production standards. However, anyone is welcome to submit their journal to the OHP editorial board for potential inclusion in the OHP collective once it has published a couple of issues.

This is a cool project. How can I get involved?

Email us or direct message us @openhumanities on Twitter. We'd love to hear your ideas on how we might work together.

Journal incubator terms of use

  • OHA commits simply to maintaining the Open Journal Systems install. All questions, problems, trouble-shooting concerning the specific workings of your journal should be directed at the Public Knowledge Project forums. If you feel you need more fully supported hosting, OHA is probably not for you. There are several other OJS hosting services including Simon Fraser University Library and Scholarly Exchange offering a variety of subscription-based services.
  • Journal editors are responsible for the content of their site. Content shall be copyright clear and otherwise legal. Exceptions for "fair use" may apply.
  • All materials maintained on the server are provided "as is" with no warranties of any kind.

OHA disclaims all express warranties included in any materials, and further disclaims all implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability, fitness for particular purposes, and non-infringement of proprietary rights. OHA disclaims all express and implied warranties with respect to high risk activities. OHA shall not be liable for any damages of any kind, including consequential or incidental damages, arising from the submission, installation, maintenance, transmission, copying, modification, distribution or any use of any materials.