In the past week, Project MUSE has partnered with the community of not-for-profit scholarly presses providing journals and books to offer significant amount content for free. Over 50 publishers have chosen to temporarily make content freely available to assist with access for the many students, faculty, and researchers now working remotely due to the global public health crisis of COVID-19. Now, more than 15,000 books, and over 230 journal titles - comprising well over 10,000 issues and more than 185,000 articles - are available through this initiative. More details on the content and the full list of participating publishers can be found at http://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/, which is being updated continuously.
To assist libraries with making the temporarily-free books and journals easily discoverable by users, MUSE has created collections and associated metadata files for the content, and shared this information with the major discovery system knowledge bases, which are incorporating it into their systems now. The files are by resource type (book/journal), and will be continuously updated as additional content is made available. MARC records, KBART files, or title lists can be downloaded from http://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/.
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. Project MUSE is committed to creating products that are fully accessible to all users, with information about the accessibility practices and a current VPAT available at http://about.muse.jhu.edu/about/accessibility/.
Project MUSE has a robust continuity plan in place and does not anticipate any significant disruption to the service as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
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