Our goal is to ensure that Open Access (OA) monographs are visible, discoverable, and potentially transformative in a highly diversified platform environment.

Beyond the PDF

Beyond the PDF

Delivering OA book content cost effectively in a browser-native format (HTML + RDFa)

Reimagining infrastructure

Reimagining infrastructure

Developing standards-based workflows and tools to transform complex long-form scholarly content at scale

Linking publishers and readers

Linking publishers and readers

Supporting strategically significant publishing efforts from university presses and other scholarly content providers

The currency of analytics

The currency of analytics

Tracking usage data along new dimensions to foster insights that inform publishing decisions


March 1 2018 - Preview MUSE's New Platform Design!

Project MUSE invites you to preview our newly redesigned platform by visiting our beta site. The beta is a work in progress and will run in parallel with our current site leading up to the formal release of the new site in mid-2018. 

Among the exciting new features available in this preview are:

  • * Content footnotes and references presented "in-line" with the associated text in articles and chapters
  • * Additional search facets for book series and thematic journal issues
  • * Personalized "My MUSE" accounts allowing users to save searches and create a custom library of MUSE materials
  • * Sample open access monographs, in browser-native HTML5,  supporting richer linking and conversations around the content

Upon release of the new platform, over 300 additional OA (open access) monographs in HTML5 will be available. All of the OA books will be fully supported with MARC records, KBART files, and metadata distribution and linking, and will be preserved with support from PORTICO and LOCKSS. 

We welcome your comments and suggestions on the beta site prior to the release of the new site in mid-2018.

November 2017 - MUSE Open Discussed Around the Globe

Find out where MUSE Open has been in 2017 and learn more about what the MUSE Open team has planned for 2017's Charleston Conference.

June 2017 - Update on MUSE Open

Read about what the MUSE Open team has been working on and get a flavor for the kinds of things you can expect when MUSE Open launches.

June 2016 - The Mellon Foundation to Fund MUSE Open, A New OA Platform

The Johns Hopkins University has been awarded a two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and deploy MUSE Open in Project MUSE, a unit of The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Project MUSE Accessibility

Accessibility Guide

Everything you need to know about accessibility on MUSE, whether you're a user, a content creator, a publisher, or anyone in-between, can be found here.


Compliance to Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act is measured by the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). Project MUSE’s most recent VPAT can be found here.

WCAG 2.0

Compliance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 is measured by the WCAG 2.0 Checklist. Project MUSE meets the AA level of WCAG 2.0 compliance. Details are available on our WCAG 2.0 checklist found here.

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Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Hosted by Project MUSE

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