H-Scholar is sponsored by the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. Its purposes are: assisting independent scholars to share their work and research interests with the larger community, enhancing their productivity by promoting the sharing of information and resources, facilitating communication between independent and academically affiliated scholars with shared interests and concerns, providing information about issues of general interest to all working scholars regardless of their discipline or situation and creating a forum for discussion of specific scholarly issues across disciplinary boundaries.
Cambridge University Press has announced a new open access portal for hosting pre-prints, research discussions, conference proceedings and similar material before publication. The site usses the same technology as the Cambridge Core service for materials published by Cambridge. Registration and access will be free. The first organization to particpate is the American Political Science Association, which will begin on August 29. New partner sites and opportunities to submit material to the parent platform will go live in 2020.