More Humanities Works Going Open Access

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced in January that, through a grant to university publishers, out-of-print, but valuable humanities monographs will be made available to the public on an open-access platform. This is being done in conjunction with the organization’s Common Good initiative. The subtitle on the Common Good “about” page features a quote from the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965: “The humanities belong to all the people of the United States.” NEH and Mellon are jointly committing $1 million to this effort.

“Most humanities books are not best sellers…Let’s see if we can come up with creative ways of getting that material spread as widely as possible,” said Brett Bobley, NEH chief information officer.