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Project MUSE Celebrates 10 Years

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Project MUSE Celebrates 10 Years

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Ten years ago, the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) and JHU's Milton S. Eisenhower Library collaborated on a project to make all of JHUP's academic journals available online through a service called Project MUSE.

"The initial mission," said Aileen McHugh, JHUP director of electronic publishing, "was to make available electronically the approximately 40 journals then published by JHUP and [to] develop a sustainable institutional subscription model for scholarly journals online."

Since then, Project MUSE has grown from a small grant-funded, single-publisher outfit to a widely known academic search tool. It provides users with the full text of more than 300 journals from 60 different publishing groups worldwide.

In the last year, MUSE has been finding ways to adapt to the new demands of electronic reference for the long haul. One of the changes it made was to add the Premium Collection. This newly available journal collection was developed to be "a new option that would incorporate all the new titles selected and provide an option for libraries that have the need and the funding to acquire a more expansive collection of refereed titles in the humanities and social sciences," according to McHugh.

The Premium Collection will offer 30 more titles than the current Full Collection, which has been renamed the Standard Collection and which offers "a stable, core collection with predictable pricing," McHugh said. Both lineups will include new selections from publishers such as Oxford University Press. Despite the recent additions, MUSE has committed to a 6-percent cap on yearly price increases through 2007. …

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