Project MUSE’s newly redesigned website is now live at https://muse.jhu.edu. With a scholar-informed design and enhanced technological infrastructure, the new site offers a more robust user experience for all of the scholarship on MUSE, with an elegantly intuitive interface and a suite of tools focused on the researcher.
Extensive user testing during the development of the new site revealed desires for simplicity, consistency, and more personalized interactions with Project MUSE’s book and journal content. Among the exciting features available in the new design are content footnotes and references presented “in-line” with the associated text in a journal article or books chapter, a streamlined search experience with additional facets for book series and thematic journal issues, a highly responsive design to meet a variety of device options, and the launch of personalized “MyMUSE” accounts that allow users customize their research experience on MUSE.
Users who create a MyMUSE account may save and view prior searches, build a personal library of their favorite MUSE materials (books, chapters, journals, issues, or articles), generate citations for all or selected items in their library, search within their personal library, and view their activity history on MUSE. With an account, a user may also set up alerts for their favorite journals, publishers, and subjects on MUSE, and choose to receive the alerts via email or RSS, or see them in an attractive dashboard format on the site. Accessibility was a prime consideration in the new platform design, and users may set preferences in their account to customize the interface for optimal accessibility.
The new Project MUSE website is a redesign and re-engineering of MUSE’s proprietary platform. The URL structure for all book and journal content in MUSE will remain the same and there will be no need for redirects or updates to DOI links, no impact on institutional usage statistics, nor any need to update proxy configurations. Shortly, MUSE will also be launching new portals for publishers and libraries featuring powerful tools help them more efficiently manage their relationships with us. More details on these portals will be shared with our customers and partners as they are released.
As we continue to roll out additional content and features, we expect users, customers, and business partners exploring the new Project MUSE site may have questions or comments they wish to share. In the footer of every page there is a link for Feedback, and we encourage use of this to contact us with any feedback or concerns. In particular, please use the Feedback form to report any errors or issues with the new site, as this will ensure they are promptly placed in our queue to address.