More searchable and discoverable than PDFs, the improved new format represents the “next chapter” in OA publishing in the humanities and social sciences
Nearly 300 open access (OA) books are now available from Project MUSE, the highly-acclaimed online collection of humanities and social science scholarship, on a newly designed platform that represents a major step forward in OA publishing in these fields. The books will be delivered in a highly-discoverable and adaptable format using user-friendly HTML5, rather than static PDFs, and will include titles from Johns Hopkins University Press, Cornell University Press, Duke University Press, University of Hawai'i Press, University of Michigan Press, Syracuse University Press, The MIT Press, and Temple University Press. "This really represents the next chapter in OA publishing for MUSE and our university press collaborators," said Wendy Queen, Director of Project MUSE, "and we’re thrilled to have so many important works available open access on MUSE in such a flexible, useful format. Thanks to the 'MUSE Open' grant from the Mellon Foundation these titles are now available on a much improved MUSE platform and available for free to readers worldwide."
The new "HTML5 OA" titles greatly enhance a collection of almost 600 OA books in PDF format that were already available on MUSE, bringing the total of OA books to over 800. MUSE plans to add more HTML5 OA books each year. The initiative was made possible by a two-year grant of nearly $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which concluded this summer. Funds were used to develop an open source workflow for transforming epub files into HTML5 and, most importantly for users, launch a scholar-informed redesign of the Project MUSE interface that emphasizes simplicity, accessibility, and personalization. The redesigned platform includes robust support for discovery and linking, along with preservation with trusted third parties, assuring wide dissemination of OA book content on MUSE. The platform's enhanced analytics services will help publishers understand the impact of making books freely available.
"Books that are open to the world have the power to transform the discovery of new knowledge and impact evidence-based decisions and the ways in which people learn," said Barbara Kline Pope, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press. "Supported by the generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, the innovations implemented on the Project MUSE platform are just the first step in facilitating breakthrough knowledge acquisition."
"When making a Temple University Press book available in open access, our primary goal is that it be discovered and used by as many people as possible – and partnering with MUSE ensures we achieve this," said Mary Rose Muccie, Director, Temple University Press. "MUSE's reputation and global reach, as well as the discoverability features within the MUSE platform, will bring these titles to the attention of scholars, students, and the general public worldwide. We're especially excited to have the historically significant, and formerly out of print, labor studies books funded by our NEH Humanities Open Book Program grant available on MUSE, where they can inform new scholarship in the field."
Project MUSE anticipates hosting hundreds more OA scholarly books, funded through initiatives including the NEH Humanities Open Book program, Knowledge Unlatched, TOME, Mellon grants, and other publisher- and institution-driven programs. Open access content on MUSE is fully integrated and supported alongside the more than 54,000 books and over 650 scholarly journal titles also on the platform. MUSE welcomes inquiries from publishers and other content creators with scholarship they wish to make freely available, with wide reach and rich options for discovery, linking, and transformative impact.
Project MUSE is pleased to announce that the following journals have been confirmed to join MUSE in 2019. All new journals will be added to the Premium Collection.
A selection of existing titles will be added to these journal collections as follows:
Basic Research Collection
Additional new 2019 titles will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. Download a list of the 2019 journal collection additions.
Please see the applicable Products page in our For Librarians section for information on the Project MUSE Journal Collections available to your library,
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.
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