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40 journals available through Johns Hopkins' Project Muse.

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 & 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. International subscribers include academic libraries in Denmark, Norway, Canada, and the U.K. All told, some 2.3 million institutionally-affiliated academics and another 4 million residents of Cleveland and Pittsburgh are able to access the Project Muse journals without interference of password or payment.

A Project Muse institutional subscription offers comprehensive access to the full text of all 40 JHUP journals, along with advanced search functions that allow for searching by author, title, or keyword; in the tables of contents or full text of the journals; and across all the journals in Muse or just selected titles. All articles are indexed with Library of Congress subject headings. Hypertext links in tables of contents, articles, citations, endnotes, author bibliographies, and illustrations allow smooth and efficient navigation of the database, according to JHUP.

When an academic library subscribes to Project Muse, access is provided to the entire campus through any computer connected to the campus network. From within the Internet "domain" of the subscribing campus, users are granted unlimited Web access to journal articles on the Muse file server.

Using any World Wide Web browser, faculty, staff, and students of subscribing institutions can view and search text from their offices, labs, or dorms, all without the need for passwords or individual subscription information. Substantial discounts on the $2,500 subscription list price are available to public libraries, community colleges, high schools, museums, and other special interest libraries, and to library consortia that subscribe as a group. Libraries that subscribe to the entire Project Muse database are also entitled to order JHUP print journal subscriptions at 60 percent off the standard rates.

Sample issues and demonstration materials for Project Muse journals are available on the Internet and can be viewed and searched using any Web browser at http://muse.jhu.edu.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 410/516-3846; http:// muse.jhu.edu.
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Date:Mar 1, 1997
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