The Johns Hopkins University Press has reached an agreement with Stanford University’s HighWire Press to transition to the HighWire Open Platform as the new digital hosting and delivery platform for Project MUSE.
Over the past year, JHU Press and its digital publishing unit Project MUSE have conducted an extensive search for a technology partner to assist in expanding the capacity of Project MUSE to support its current content offering and allow MUSE to pursue opportunities in developing new products, business models and service offerings for its growing community of more than 200 publishers and 2700 libraries.
“HighWire brings a wealth of experience in hosting content for publishers and MUSE will leverage that experience in developing a similar hosting model for the humanities and social sciences,” said Dean Smith, Director of Project MUSE. “Our vision is to deliver the definitive state-of-the art research environment in servicing our communities of publishers, libraries, and researchers.”
“HighWire is committed to the widespread dissemination of scholarly research and to the latest advancements in information technology. They have developed a sophisticated platform and protocol for constant improvement that has served the needs of academic publishers large and small,” said Kathleen Keane, Director of JHU Press. “The Johns Hopkins University Press shares the objective of making scholarly research content available and usable.”
HighWire’s history tracks very closely with that of Project MUSE, with similar missions and both having launched in 1995. Several of HighWire’s publishing partners (Duke University Press, The Oxford University Press, and the University of Wisconsin Press) also have content on the MUSE platform. “We are proud to welcome such a prestigious leader in the humanities and social sciences to the HighWire community,” said Tom Rump, Managing Director of HighWire. “We are excited to provide our innovative hosting platform to Project MUSE to ensure the highest levels of content integration, discoverability, and end-user engagement. Given the deep understanding of their customers’ needs and their vision for the future of ebooks and publishing, MUSE will be an inspired digital partner.”
The successful expansion of the Project MUSE publishing program is highly dependent on an advanced delivery infrastructure that combines rich functionality, customizability and a collaborative relationship with an innovative vendor of proven track record such as HighWire. This dynamic relationship will enable Project MUSE to create new products, incorporate new content types such as online references, foster personalization and collaboration, and continue to provide a sustainable model for libraries, publishers and researchers.
About JHUP/Project MUSE:
A division of the JHU Press, Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is a trusted source of complete, full-text versions of 580 scholarly journals and more than 20,000 books from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Over 200 of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies currently contribute content to MUSE.
About HighWire Press:
At the forefront of strategic scholarly publishing, HighWire Press provides the latest in digital content development and hosting solutions to the scholarly community through its ground-breaking HighWire Open Platform. A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire partners with influential societies, university presses, and other independent publishers, sharing ideas and innovations in publishing, and producing definitive online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, books, reference works, and other scholarly content. Since its inception in 1995, HighWire has embodied a commitment to helping publishers disseminate their content to the widest possible audience, facilitating the research communication process to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s online and mobile readers.