By Project MUSE
Project MUSE will offer five new subject collections, along with titles from eight additional publishers, in its book collections for the 2021 calendar year. The 2021 Complete collection is expected to be 7% larger than the prior year – offering nearly 3,000 newly-published books, about 200 more than the 2020 Complete. By the end of 2021, the Book Collections on Project MUSE will offer well over 68,000 titles, from more than 200 distinguished university presses and related not-for-profit publishers, providing a wealth of essential, vetted, reliable digital scholarship to libraries, researchers, instructors, and students worldwide.
In addition to the Complete Collection of new titles each year, books on MUSE are offered in collections by a wide variety of academic subjects and several regional area studies. New subjects available for the first time in 2021 include Art and Architecture; Gender Studies; Music; Education and Rhetoric; and Science, Technology, and Media. The new collections draw on the strengths of the participating publishers, along with serving the needs of interdisciplinary and emerging areas of study. Descriptions of the collections, along with further details, are available in the For Librarians section of the Project MUSE website.
Respected scholarly book publishers continue to turn to MUSE to help disseminate their works to academic institutions worldwide. All books on MUSE are DRM-free, with unlimited simultaneous use, downloading, and printing – making them ideal for course use and easily accessible for research in remote and hybrid learning environments. The publishers new to the MUSE book collections for 2021 are a global and diverse group, including:
• Aarhus University Press
• Bristol University Press
• Editorial Utadeo
• Getty Publications
• Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
• UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
• University of Cincinnati Press
• Washington State University Press
In addition to collections, many books on MUSE are available via Evidence-Based Acquisition, or may be purchased individually through our partnerships with GOBI and OASIS. MUSE also hosts several thousand fully open access titles, from both traditional and OA-only publishers.
MUSE has been an integral part of the scholarly communications ecosystem for 25 years, providing libraries with affordable access to humanities and social science scholarship from our community of esteemed not-for-profit publishers. In an era of continuous change, our mission - the sustainable dissemination of trusted content - remains constant. By distributing the significant majority of our revenue from library purchases directly back to our university-based publishers, we return a great deal of value to the system of scholarship, rather than extracting it. We invest in maintaining a platform that provides for crucial needs of discoverability and accessibility, complies with major information standards, and offers library-friendly and user-friendly terms.