By Tashina Gunning, Project MUSE
Summer is the time of the year that those of us at Project MUSE begin to get a clearer idea of what our upcoming year will look like. By August, most of our new journal titles have been confirmed, and the ink is drying on contracts with our new publishers. So far, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for MUSE.
We’re pleased to announce that nineteen new journals will be joining the MUSE collections in 2014. The new journals add content in a broad array of research areas, building on many of MUSE’s strengths and expanding the breadth and depth of our current subject offerings, with key title additions in area studies, literature, and philosophy, among others.
A nod to our friends north of the border: Canada seems to be quite the recurring theme in several of our new journals, including British Journal of Canadian Studies and International Journal of Canadian Studies, as well as the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. Ghana Studies, Islamic Africa, and Journal of Haitian Studies make up other area studies journal additions, along with Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research, both from University of Nebraska Press.
The Penn State Press’s Pacific Coast Philology is building on our literature collection, and our own JHU Press is adding to the roster as well, with ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. New philosophy titles include Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, The Undecidable Unconscious: A Journal of Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis, and Journal of Japanese Philosophy. You can see a full listing of MUSE’s new 2014 titles on our web site. Stay tuned—rumor has it that there could be some more additions to this great group in the coming weeks.
Ten prestigious scholarly presses, including the recently-revived University of Missouri Press (check out the Q & A with the leaders of the movement to save the University of Missouri Press here) and the Hong Kong-based Chinese University Press, will be making their books available on the Project MUSE platform in 2014. Additional new-to-MUSE presses include three traditional university presses—Cornell University Press, University of California Press, and University of Minnesota Press—as well as the School for Advanced Research Press.
MUSE’s new book publishers bring a variety of program strengths in MUSE’s core humanities and social science disciplines, including political science, cultural studies, anthropology, literary theory and criticism, Asian studies, and Indigenous studies. These publishers’ books will join the more than 23,000 scholarly titles that will be available on the MUSE platform by the end of 2013, and brings the total number of participating presses to well over 90. As with our journals, we do anticipate that this list will be growing in the very near future—so be sure to check back soon for updates.