[Eril-l] Discovery Tools Available for Free Content on Project MUSE, Over 50 Publishers Participating

Melanie Schaffner MBS at press.jhu.edu
Fri Mar 27 08:41:18 PDT 2020

Over 50 Publishers Offering Free Content on Project MUSE, Discovery Tools Now Available

In the past week, Project MUSE has partnered with the community of not-for-profit scholarly presses providing journals and books on our platform to offer significant amounts of that content for free. More than 50 publishers have chosen to temporarily make content freely available to assist with access for the many students, faculty, and researchers now working remotely due to the global public health crisis of COVID-19. As of today, more than 15,000 books, and over 230 journal titles - comprising well over 10,000 issues and more than 185,000 articles - are available through this initiative. More details on the content and the full list of participating publishers (continuously updated) are at https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/.

To assist libraries with making the temporarily-free books and journals easily discoverable by users, we have created collections and associated metadata files for the content, and shared this information with the major discovery system knowledge bases, who are incorporating it into their systems now. The files are by resource type (book/journal), and will be continuously updated as additional content is made available. Download MARC records, KBART files, or title lists from our web page at https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/, or look for the collections to activate them in your preferred discovery system.

Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive "Free" icon, different from the "OA" icon used for fully open access content on MUSE, or the familiar green checkmark that users associate with content held by their library. MUSE search results, by default, include any content to which a user has access, so will offer the researcher any relevant free, OA, or entitled articles and books.  There are over 2000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on the MUSE platform (see https://about.muse.jhu.edu/muse/open-access-overview/ for details). For libraries concerned about the accessibility of freely-available materials, please note that Project MUSE provides information about our accessibility practices and a current VPAT at https://about.muse.jhu.edu/about/accessibility/.

Project MUSE does not anticipate any disruption to our service as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and MUSE staff are available from our current remote work environment. Please send any questions or concerns to MUSE Customer Support at muse at press.jhu.edu.

Melanie Schaffner
Director, Sales & Marketing
Project MUSE
mbs at press.jhu.edu<mailto:mbs at press.jhu.edu>
p 410-516-3846 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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