PRESS RELEASE: Project MUSE doubles online journal offerings (Melanie B. Vandermark) Stephen Clark 23 Jun 1999 15:48 UTC

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 11:28:40 -0400
From: "Melanie B. Vandermark" <melanie@CHAOS.PRESS.JHU.EDU>
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Project MUSE doubles online journal offerings

P R E S S  R E L E A S E

June 23, 1999


Partnership with other presses to be announced at ALA Annual Conference

Baltimore, MD - In a groundbreaking expansion move, Project MUSE, the
online journals database developed and managed by the Johns Hopkins
University Press, will offer online access to scholarly journals published
by other university presses. Beginning with the 2000 subscription year
term, over 40 respected titles will be added to the database, doubling its
full-text offerings.  Contracts have been signed with Duke University
Press, Carnegie Mellon University Press, the University of Hawaii Press,
and the Indiana University Press, with anticipation that additional
arrangements will be finalized this week.

A formal announcement of the new titles to be offered in Project MUSE, as
well as details on the project's cooperative venture with the partner
presses, will be announced during a breakfast meeting at the American
Library Association's annual meeting in New Orleans.  Media and interested
librarians are invited to attend the event on Sunday, July 27, at 8:30 am,
in the Crescent Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel at 300 Canal Street.

Forty-five (45) new journal titles are committed for inclusion in Project
MUSE's full text offerings for next year, which, with the 46 Johns Hopkins
University Press titles currently in the database, brings the total number
of journals available in MUSE to 91.  With further discussions now under
way, it is feasible that as many as 21 more titles could yet be added by
the year 2000.

With the addition of the new titles to Project MUSE, a number of flexible
subscription options will be available to institutions wishing to access
either all or a selection of the journals offered.  Details on the packages
available, as well as preliminary pricing and discount plans, will be
discussed at the meeting at ALA.

Project MUSE was launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in
collaboration with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins
University, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the world
wide web.  In 1999, MUSE publishes online 46 JHUP titles in the humanities,
social sciences and mathematics, which are available for institutional
subscriptions either as a package or individually.  As of June 1999, over
650 universities, colleges and other institutions have purchased MUSE to
provide their students, faculty and staff convenient desktop access to the
journals' full text for their research needs.  Project MUSE has been hailed
for its library-friendly licensing and usage policies, easy online
navigation, reasonable pricing, and generous discount plans for consortia
and various categories of libraries.

Sample journal issues and more information about Project MUSE may be
accessed online at:

Trial access to the entire Project MUSE database may be arranged for media
review and for prospective subscribers by contacting Melanie Vandermark,
Marketing and Sales Manager for Online Products at the Johns Hopkins
University Press.

CONTACT:  Melanie Vandermark
(410) 516-3846