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Project MUSE can help your journals participate in the scholarly communication revolution. There is no fee to join or participate in Project MUSE. MUSE provides all production services and technical expertise, support for library and publishing standards as they evolve, and constant attention to MUSE website design and functionality. With the costs of delivering an online journal in the MUSE collections—XML conversion and coding, online features and functionality, international sales and marketing—covered by Project MUSE, each year the participating publishers save thousands of dollars.
A title launching in Project MUSE automatically reaches millions of users. MUSE has a dedicated sales force that promotes and secures sales of the MUSE e-journal collections to institutions of all types. Its sales and marketing group has many years of experience in successful negotiations with libraries, library consortia, and subscription agents, and can help your journals find readers around the world. A consistent annual subscriber retention rate of over 95% is clear evidence that libraries and users find MUSE an essential resource for teaching and research. MUSE's international subscription base is rapidly expanding and now makes up more than a third of its business. MUSE also participates in INASP-PERI and eIFL, two programs which help make journal content more widely available in developing and transitional countries.
Project MUSE pays annual royalties based on a formula that includes usage data and the amount of content a title has in the collection. MUSE consistently returns the majority of its net receipts to its publishers. Project MUSE also helps its publishers make the transition to the online journal business by providing print cancellation reimbursement for a journal's first three years in MUSE.
Project MUSE does not share or license content to third parties—so a publisher's content will not show up in unexpected places. Publishers always know which MUSE collections contain their titles and who their subscribers are.
MUSE offers societies the ability to provide members with access to their journals in MUSE.
While the focus of MUSE's business is selling e-journal collections to libraries, Project MUSE also provides options for publishers to sell single institutional or individual subscriptions.
Project MUSE publishers have an unprecedented voice in setting policy for the MUSE product. The Project MUSE Publishers Working Group, an advisory body with representatives from all categories of MUSE publishers, works with the staff to develop MUSE policies and procedures. Project MUSE's annual publishers' meeting allows all MUSE publishers to come together and engage in lively discussions about MUSE's future.
As part of the community it serves, MUSE uniquely understands the needs of scholars and educators. MUSE relies on the recommendations of scholars and librarians when developing its journal selection policies. Librarians on staff work to make sure that the MUSE interface meets the needs of scholars. MUSE also consults with an Advisory Board made up of scholars, users, electronic-publishing professionals, librarians, and representatives of the MUSE publishers on strategic decisions and initiatives.
Users reach MUSE articles from links in their favorite databases, made possible by MUSE's linking agreements with partners such as the MLA, ABC-CLIO, and CSA ProQuest. MUSE articles are also searchable in Google and Google Scholar.
MUSE is a member of CrossRef, an organization that facilitates linking from footnotes and references of online journals. MUSE acts as the agent for nonmember publishers' participation in CrossRef and bears all costs.
MUSE accepts a limited number of journals per year and aims to build a balanced collection in the humanities and social sciences. MUSE bases individual title selection on criteria including coverage in selective indexes, library holdings, recommendations from librarians and scholars, and how well the subject matter fits with the rest of the collection. The journals that are selected for MUSE can be confident that they are part of a journal collection designed to help each title develop its subscription potential. Applications to join Project MUSE are accepted year-round. Journals are selected each spring to join Project MUSE the following calendar year.
For questions about joining Project MUSE, please contact Elizabeth Brown by email or at 410-516-6834.
To submit your journal for consideration, please complete the form Apply to Include Your Journal in MUSE.