Future of Language Science Press: your support required as we are hitting the home stretch

In spring this year, we launched our campaign to collect 100 institutional members to collectively fund the future of Language Science Press. The first pledge announced was from U Düsseldorf.

Since then, we have collected 60 pledges from all over the world, with U Tilburg being the latest, making it stand 60/100.

As customary with crowdfunding projects, the support rate is high at the beginning, then drops towards the middle of the funding period (summer in our case), only to rise steeply as the end of the funding period approaches. We see the pledges picking up steam in the last weeks, but we will need a much steeper rise to meet the target! The green X in the graphic marks the position where we are now.

It is important that we get the remaining 40 pledges in the next weeks, and it is evidently feasible. Next to the 60 institutions which have already pledged, we are in contact with 177 more. These 177 institutions have responded to our mails but are still in the process of making up their minds. If you contact your librarian now, this might very well tip the scale in our favour! Obviously, not all of them will pledge, but if we can manage 25%, we’ll be there.

Current pledges (60), needed pledges (100), and institutions in discussion.

The institutions which are still pondering whether to support Language Science Press come from the following countries:

  • 16 Australia
  • 3 Austria
  • 2 Belgium
  • 4 Canada
  • 1 China
  • 1 Cyprus
  • 1 Denmark
  • 2 Finland
  • 2 France
  • 24 Germany
  • 1 Iceland
  • 2 Ireland
  • 8 Israel
  • 2 Italy
  • 2 Latvia
  • 2 Lithuania
  • 5 Netherlands
  • 2 New Zealand
  • 1 Norway
  • 1 Portugal
  • 9 Singapore
  • 7 South Africa
  • 1 Spain
  • 2 Sweden
  • 3 Switzerland
  • 27 United Kingdom
  • 46 United States

If you happen to be affiliated with a research institution from one of these countries, consider sending a short mail to your librarian to endorse Language Science Press as a project along the following lines (feel free to elaborate).

Dear ___, 
I would like to inquire whether University of Mytown is considering 
becoming a supporter of Language Science Press. As a linguist, I feel 
that this initiative is very important for the development of Open 
Access in our field, and I would really be grateful if University of 
Mytown could support it. 
Best wishes

The following is a list of the institutions where no action is required: they have already pledged their support for Language Science Press:

  1. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  2. University of Texas System
  3. IDS Mannheim
  4. ULB Düsseldorf
  5. Universitätsbibliothek der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  6. Goethe-Universität-Frankfurt/Main
  7. Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
  8. Tilburg University
  9. Universitätsbibliothek Bielefeld
  10. Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig
  11. Lancaster University
  12. Newcastle University (UK)
  13. Stockholm University Library
  14. McGill University
  15. University of California San Diego
  16. University of California, Merced
  17. CNRS Centre Haudricourt
  18. University of California, Los Angeles
  19. Northwestern University
  20. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  21. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  22. University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  23. Macalester College
  24. Syracuse University
  25. Indiana University-Bloomington
  26. Purdue University
  27. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  28. Kenyon College
  29. University of Oregon
  30. Yale University & Yale Law Library
  31. University of Kentucky
  32. Illinois Wesleyan University
  33. Max-Planck-Digital Library
  34. University of Melbourne
  35. University of St. Gallen, Library
  36. The British Library
  37. Karlstad University
  38. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  39. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  40. University of Virginia
  41. Arkansas State University-Main Campus
  42. Zentralbibliothek Zürich
  43. Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen
  44. Harvard University
  45. Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
  46. Universitätsbibliothek Koblenz-Landau
  47. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
  48. Université de Neuchâtel
  49. Universitätsbibliothek Osnabrück
  50. Helsinki University Library
  51. Malta University Library
  52. Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster
  53. University of Sheffield
  54. University of California Berkeley
  55. Case Western Reserve University
  56. University at Buffalo
  57. La Trobe University
  58. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  59. Queen Mary, University of London
  60. University of Rhode Island

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