In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is supporting its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on its platform.
With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, it is hoped that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide.
Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals), Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). Additional publishers are expected to join. Project MUSE will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.
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.