The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) Special Collections are collections of articles published within the OLH journal, dedicated to focused research topics (see the full list of OLH Special Collections). These function in a similar way to special issues of “traditional” journals, with two key differences:
In addition, OLH Special Collections are flexible with regards to the number of articles published within a particular collection. There is no upper limit to the number of articles that may be published within each collection and Guest Editors have full autonomy to make their own editorial decisions regarding which articles to accept. For a behind the scenes peak at what it is like to edit a Special Collection with OLH, see Choosing the Open Library of Humanities journal (OLHJ) as the Publisher for your Special Collection.
There are two routes to publishing a Special Collection with the OLH:
Once an application to edit a Special Collection has been accepted, editors will work closely with the OLH editorial team to develop their Call For Articles and publicise it via the relevant disciplinary listservs and professional networks. Editors are then assigned OLH Editorial Accounts and can use the online manuscript submissions system to access articles submitted to the collection. Editors are responsible for organising double blind peer review for all of the articles submitted to the collection, and making editorial decisions based on peer reviewers’ feedback. The OLH manages the production process for all articles, including copy-editing, typesetting, and proofreading (in liaison with authors).
All articles within the Special Collection will receive the benefits of the OLH’s unique publishing model, including:
The OLH is open to receiving applications to guest edit Special Collections on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in applying to edit a collection on a topic that is relevant to your own research, please complete the OLHJ Special Collection Application Form and email it to our OLH Editorial Officer, Dr Simon Everett.