The new Oxford Handbooks Online: Research platform and publishing program

Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)—a significant expansion of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platform—designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”— enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.

Each subject (or “discipline”) has been assigned an Editor in Chief as well as an Editorial Board of subject experts, who will oversee the publication of handbooks within the program and also  commission online-only articles in cutting edge topics. According to Damon Zucca, Publisher, Scholarly Reference, “The ability to publish online-only articles in response to new developments in research and the appointment of  Editors in Chief and Editorial Boards in all 14 subject areas to oversee quality and peer-review will have a transformative effect on this resource.”

Clicking on each of the 14 subjects below provides more information about each discipline in the program, its appointed Editor in Chief and Advisory Board, and a listing of the handbooks’ editors, hailing from universities and institutions within and well beyond U.S. borders. OUP also encourages feedback to the editors on ways to improve content from all in the education community. 

Archaeology
Business and Management
Classical Studies
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Economics and Finance
History
Law
Linguistics
Literature
Music
Philosophy
Politics
Psychology
Religion

 

Beyond content

The re-launch of OHO includes improvements beyond augmentation of content, among them monthly updates that introduce articles ahead of print publication. In addition, OHO is fully cross-searchable within the Oxford Index, a free discovery service, and it features freely available abstracts and keywords at the handbook and article level, making it easier for researchers to zoom in on the content they need.  Researchers can also build personal archives of articles, searches, and citations and share them via integrated social media tools.

  • A great place to start learning more about all that OHO entails is to browse the product’s digital brochure here.
  • A useful chart listing the “before” and “after” features is available here for those wanting to compare the old with the new.
  • Libraries already subscribing to OHO who will be transitioning to the new platform may find answers about the migration process here.
  •  Those wanting to inquire about purchasing plans can learn about options here.
  •  A video tutorial of the product is available here.

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Mirela Roncevic is an independent writer and content developer.  She contritues articles and stories to NSR on reference and digital publishing and content development. Publishers and content aggregators may send all PR materials directly to Mirela at mirela@mirelaroncevic.com.