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Blog hand-off: Some reflections before shifting to occasional contributor mode

I started Omega Alpha | Open Access late in 2011 in response to a troublesome trend I was witnessing in my library—an increasing number of longstanding, highly regarded, and reasonably priced not-for-profit society and institution theological and religious studies journals were being

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Open Library of Humanities Update, Part 2: More about disciplinary curation; a first Religious Studies content initiative; and partnering with libraries for sustainable funding

In Part 1 of this Open Library of Humanities Update, I reported that the article submissions platform, built in partnership with Ubiquity Press, has been launched and is now accepting submissions. I also introduced the Religious Studies and Theology Section

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Open Library of Humanities Update, Part 1: Now accepting submissions; Religious Studies and Theology editors in place

An idea whose time has come often takes time to develop. Two years have elapsed since Dr. Martin Paul Eve first issued a call on his blog for participants to help build a “PLOS-style model for the Humanities and Social Sciences.”

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Journals

New year, new Omega Alpha

A very happy 2015 to all our readers. To welcome the new year, Omega Alpha | Open Access has both a new look and an expanded scope. Up to now, the blog has been closely focused on Open Access (capital O,

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review, Open Repositories & Digital Libraries, Open Scholarship, Open Tools, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology, Scholarly Journals

Is there a serials crisis yet? When it comes to Theological and Religious Studies journals, I’d have to say yes

The last time I was in a sustained lazy phase about blogging it was a choice piece of satire written by Dorothea Salo that got me writing again. Who would have thought that Salo would again get me off the couch? The other

Posted in Book/Article Review, Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Journal of Buddhist Ethics celebrates twenty years open access

When we decided to found the JBE [the first volume was launched in 1994] we had no idea how it would be received. At that time the concept of an electronic journal was completely novel and colleagues struggled with the

Posted in Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Scholars), Open Access, Scholarly Journals

Springer launches first open access journal in Religion: International Journal of Dharma Studies

It was almost two years ago that I received an email from the then publishing editor in Religion and Philosophy at Springer Science+Business Media expressing an interest by the publisher to launch open access journals in Religion. I wrote about

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Publishers), Interviews (Scholars), Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Journals

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