40 Journals Available through Johns Hopkins' Project Muse

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Project Muse, an electronic scholarly publishing venture of the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP), has announced the achievement of a landmark goal of 40 academic journal titles available online as of January 1. The project, which is located online at http://muse.jhu.edu, continues to expand its holdings in the humanities and social sciences, including the recent acquisition of Postmodern Culture and the launching of Theory dr Event, both electronic-only titles.

When the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library joined forces in 1995 to launch Project Muse, it represented one of the first ventures of its kind, according to Johns Hopkins University Press. The project's purpose was to enable worldwide networked access by subscription to the full text of the Press' scholarly journals and to make works of scholarship more widely available within individual university communities by using online technology to produce affordable electronic journals. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Project Muse offers materials relevant to core curricula in major subject areas and is one of very few electronic journal resources in the humanities.

"While our initial schedule called for us to reach the 40-journal milestone at the end of 1997, we accelerated our production to begin the year with all 40 journals online," said Ellen Sauer, project manager for Project Muse. "By offering a comprehensive database for a full calendar year while we still have grant assistance, we will have the opportunity to observe market reaction to our model, gather usage statistics, and make informed projections regarding the future potential of electronic publishing at the Johns Hopkins University Press."

Over 260 campuses and institutions have subscribed to the full Project Muse database, including the entire Virginia state academic library system, the University of California system, the California State Universities, the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Public Library system, and the Carnegie Public Library system of Pittsburgh. …