May 23, 2022

First Fully Open Access Journal Launches on Project Muse Platform

From PM:

2016-01-05_17-26-24Project MUSE is pleased to announce the launch of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences as a fully open access title on the MUSE platform. A peer-reviewed journal designed to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations on timely issues of interest to academics, policymakers, and the public at large, RSF offers thematic journal issues focusing on specific research questions or areas of interest. The initial issues now available on MUSE focus on severe deprivation in America, and a fiftieth-anniversary retrospective on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

While MUSE currently hosts selected open access articles for its participating journals, RSF is the first fully OA title on the platform.

Its release will be followed by the launch of another fully OA title later this spring, Palapala: A Journal for Hawaiian Language and Literature / ‘o Palapala: He Puke Pai no ka ʻŌlelo me ka Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi. Published by University of Hawaii Press, a MUSE content contributor for over 15 years, Palapala will feature scholarly, refereed articles on the full range of topics in the field of Hawaiian language, including new research, reviews of new work, critical review of older, standard works of reference, transcriptions and reprints of older materials, problems and guidelines in interpretation, comparative Polynesian literature, and more.

“The launch of RSF and soon, Palapala, signal an exciting new phase for MUSE, as a platform of choice for content providers wishing to make their scholarly publications widely available in an open access model,” said Wendy Queen, Director, Project MUSE. “Our indexing and discoverability features, along with our large user base in the humanities and social sciences, make us an ideal home for both new OA titles and those considering conversion to this format.”

The availability of RSF and Palapala on MUSE is made possible through its new Hosted Journals program, which allows publishers to include journals on the platform through a fee-based arrangement outside of the MUSE Journal Collections

Research Project: MUSE Open

In addition to offering open access journals, MUSE is currently conducting research under a Mellon Foundation planning grant towards the development of MUSE Open, a vehicle for the distribution of open access monographs via the MUSE platform. MUSE Open hopes to leverage new OA monograph funding models in combination with MUSE’s discoverability and usability features to provide an enriched reader experience and wide dissemination of important scholarship.

About Gary Price

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