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The more the merrier when it comes to open-access publishing

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The IHR’s Reviews in History has recently partnered with recensio.net to bring its reviews to a wider audience than ever before. Recensio.net, launched in January, is an open-access reviews platform for European history developed by the Bavarian State Library, the German Historical Institute Paris and the Institute for European History (Mainz). The interface is translated into three languages, German, French and English, to aid searching and browsing, and many languages will ultimately be represented in the reviews and review articles themselves. Reviews in History is the first English-language publication to be included in the platform, but it is hoped that many more will follow. Of course, not all of our reviews will be re-published in recensio.net, as many cover non-European history – the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia – but a substantial portion will be eligible for inclusion.

The IHR is delighted to be invovled in this initiative, which we hope will engage new readers across continental Europe. The principle of publishing in multiple outlets, and allowing re-use of material in different contexts for academic purposes, is an important one if humanities research is to prosper in the digital age.