Open Access Case-Study: Journal of Arts and Humanities

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Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH) (see: https://www.theartsjournal.org/index.php/site )


In locating an examplar open access journal pertinent to my disciplinary background, I located and selected Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH). A double-blind reviewed and refereed body of literature, the series was originally created and housed within the now-defunct Maryland Institute for Research (MIR) Center for Socio-Economic Research in August 2012, but since February 2018 published and managed by Library of Academic Resources (LAR) Center, located in Beaverton, Oregon. As a certified member of CrossRef, LAR houses currenty five open-access bodies, as legally classified as a 501C non-profit entity.

Stating their goal to “becoming a leading journal in the arts and humanities disciplines,” JAH is concerned with open access publication of multidisciplinary theoretical and empirical research. In medial scope, JAH-published articles include “artists’ writings, critical essays, historical documentation, interviews, performance texts and plays and book reviews.” JAH publishes regularly, with every month of the year assigned as an issue of the journal. In fostering multi-lingual contributors, JAH prrovides English, Spanish, and French translated works.

JAH defines open-access very much in the same manner LAR does. Stating that all their published work is “freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution,” JAH also openly “provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.” The latter justification JAH uses for full open access for contributors, academics, and anyone else, internationally, is perhaps the most unrestricted example of open access journals presently.

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