JHU Press Announcements
by jmh | Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 1:07 PMWebsite features a new video and timeline, comments from “25 MUSE Makers,” and a read-for-free collection of scholarly articles focused on the Digital Humanities
How do you celebrate a milestone anniversary during a pandemic? If you are Project MUSE, the massive online collection of humanities and social sciences content administered by Johns Hopkins University Press, you cancel in-person celebrations and postpone the launch of an online tribute to 25 years of innovation and service. Instead, you focus exclusively on using your digital resources and expertise to help a global academic community that is suddenly tasked with completing the spring semester remotely.
As the world adjusts to evolving and varied public health concerns, Project MUSE is looking back on a year like no other and proceeding with the launch of a long-planned anniversary website [https://muse.jhu.edu/25/] that collects the stories and celebrates the milestones of “25 years supporting digital scholarship.” The anniversary website features a new video, a timeline of the platform’s evolution and growth, and reflections from 25 current and former staff members and associates.
It also includes a new read-for-free curated selection of MUSE content from a variety of publishers called “MUSE in Focus: Charting the Digital Humanities.” The journal articles and books explore the history and theory behind digital humanities, trace its course through to the present, and chart the range of paths forward as scholarly communications adapt to an increasingly digital world.
“When the global health crisis hit the U.S. hard in March, we put the anniversary celebration on hold and turned our attention to helping the academic community however we could,” noted Project MUSE director Wendy Queen. While adjusting to working remotely themselves, the MUSE staff kept the platform running smoothly and quickly assembled and opened a special collection of scholarship relevant to the pandemic. Many MUSE publishers decided to make a huge amount of material temporarily free to access worldwide as teachers and students finished the work of the spring 2020 semester virtually, a move that prompted record-setting usage of the platform’s content.
“I’m so proud of our response to COVID,” said Queen, “and that we made it our priority. But we don’t want to lose the opportunity the 25th anniversary year gives us. MUSE has an amazing story to tell, and we have many friends to thank. We wanted to find the right way and the right time to acknowledge this milestone. We hope this anniversary ‘microsite’ does that.”
The anniversary content includes a new video celebrating the global community that has embraced and sustained MUSE for 25 years. An illustrated timeline follows the evolution of Project MUSE from its start as a grant-funded ‘experiment’ conducted by the Press and Library at Johns Hopkins in the early days of the World Wide Web. A gallery of “25 MUSE Makers” features current and former staff members and associates recalling the early challenges of launching the platform, commenting on key decisions about technology and content, and noting that success was not assured or inevitable.
But astounding success is at the heart of MUSE’s story. What began in 1995 as a pioneering effort to serve 12 humanities journals published by JHU Press to 53 subscribing institutions has grown into a platform with 3,000+ subscribing institutions in 77 countries; collections with 500,000+ journal articles and 1.3 million book chapters from 259 publishers; and 14 million downloads annually by users worldwide.
“As we started making plans for the 25th anniversary of Project MUSE in 2020, we looked forward to a unique opportunity to celebrate with friends and colleagues, express our gratitude, and begin a conversation about the future,” Queen wrote in a statement for the anniversary website. “COVID changed everything, of course. And, while this has not in any way been the year we imagined and planned for, 2020 has brought extraordinary opportunities to witness and participate in meaningful responses to the challenges posed by the pandemic. At some point, certainly, we’ll meet again in person to toast MUSE’s 25th (or 26th!). In the meantime, we’ll be grateful for 2020’s powerful reminders of the resilience, purpose, and utility of what our community has built together. And in that spirit, we cordially invite you to browse this 25th Anniversary website, where treasured friends and colleagues help us tell MUSE’s wonderful story of 25 years of service and achievement.”
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content for the scholarly community. Since 1995, the MUSE Journal Collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. Books on Project MUSE offers access to more than 57,000 books from over 100 presses, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content for browsing and discovery.
by jmh | Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 5:51 PM
A message from JHUP Director Barbara Kline Pope
We at Johns Hopkins University Press stand in solidarity against all forms of racial injustice and fully endorse the statement on equity and anti-racism recently released by the Association of University Presses. We recognize that race-based oppression runs deep through our country's history and remains built into the very structure of our society.
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are just three among countless lives taken because of structural racism and the white supremacy that drives it. We unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter and that our society must embrace racial equity through real and lasting policy changes.
But what can we, as a university press, do to influence change? As a mission-driven publisher of evidence-based research, we believe our books and journal articles about race, history, and public health can help to stimulate and inform the deep conversations and actions necessary to enact meaningful reform. We offer these books and journals free to read on Project MUSE. It is our way of supporting all who work to bring anti-racist and equitable change to the United States and the world.
Barbara Kline Pope
Johns Hopkins University Press
by krm | Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 8:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kathryn Marguy
(410) 516-4162 KRM@press.jhu.edu
In record time, experts across Johns Hopkins University team up to publish Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance.
edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies
Johns Hopkins University Press was pleased to be invited to partner with the Berman Institute of Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins to publish in record time, Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance. The project, led by Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, is a comprehensive report to help government, technology developers, business, institutional leaders, and the public make responsible decisions around use of digital contact tracing technology (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19.
In the midst of the urgency cast by COVID-19, innovators worldwide are racing to develop and implement novel public-facing technology solutions to assist in contact tracing. With these new ideas for technology solutions comes the need to balance public values such as respecting civil liberties and controlling the pandemic.
The report’s primary conclusions and recommendations advise that privacy should not outweigh public health goals and other values; that big technology companies should not unilaterally set terms when such broad public interests are at stake; and that decisions about the technology and its uses will have to be constantly updated as new information becomes available.
Both the writing and publishing teams worked on a compressed timetable to provide critical and evidence-based advice to decision makers doing the important work of contact tracing. The publishing process, which traditionally takes months, was boiled down to mere days. Thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Kahn’s team, JHUP’s team of publishers, and Project MUSE technologists, Hopkins has produced what is the essential resource for this fast-moving issue.
The book is available to read for free digitally on Project MUSE. Physical copies are available on JHUP’s website and wherever books are sold.
Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies is a rapid research and expert consensus group effort led by the Berman Institute of Bioethics in collaboration with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University. It draws on experts from both inside and outside Johns Hopkins in bioethics, health security, public health, technology development, engineering, public policy, and law. Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is also the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy there, as well as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the United States and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles in the academic literature. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the Hastings Center, and he has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), where he is currently the chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy and a member of the NAM Council. His education includes a BA in microbiology (University of California–Los Angeles, 1983), an MPH (Johns Hopkins University, 1988), and a PhD in philosophy (Georgetown University, 1989).
edited by Jeffrey P. Kahn and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies
160 Pages 6 x 9
978-1-4214-4061-3 paperback, $12.95
978-1-4214-4063-7 open-access ebook on Project MUSE
Publication date: 29 May 2020
by jmh | Monday, April 27, 2020 - 3:19 PM
Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS), a full-service print and e-book distributor and sales consortium for university presses and non-profit institutions, welcomes University of Alberta Press to its growing family of distinguished publishing partners. Starting June 1, 2020, HFS will provide warehousing, fulfillment, and sales representation in the US for the Press.
“With its focus on history, literature, and cultural studies, University of Alberta Press's strong list of respected publications will be right at home with HFS,” says HFS Director Davida Breier. “We're very pleased to be working with this distinguished Canadian university press and look forward to bringing their books to new readers in the US.”
UAlberta Press is a contemporary, award-winning publisher of scholarly and creative books in a variety of fields including Indigenous studies, critical race/gender/class studies, literary criticism, Canadian history, regional topics (Canadian West and North), urban studies, environmental studies, travel narratives, literary nonfiction, and poetry. Recent titles include Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, edited by Kim Anderson, Maria Campbell, and Christi Belcourt; Power Play: Professional Hockey and the Politics of Urban Development, by Jay Scherer, David Mills, and Linda Sloan McCulloch; and An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading, by acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand.
“In partnering with Hopkins Fulfillment Services, we join a number of other high-profile university presses including Johns Hopkins, Washington, Georgetown, and South Carolina. This arrangement will strengthen our position in the important US market and make our titles more easily available to American retailers, wholesalers, and readers,” said University of Alberta Press Director Douglas Hildebrand.
About University of Alberta Press: University of Alberta Press contributes substantively to the University of Alberta’s mission, its national and international reputation, and the impact of its research and teaching by means of a diverse and far-ranging scholarly publishing program that is recognized annually with a host of awards for excellence in both scholarship and publishing.
About HFS: Since 1977 HFS has provided distribution services for a distinguished list of university presses and nonprofit institutions. HFS represents Johns Hopkins University Press, Georgetown University Press, University of Washington Press, The University Press of Kentucky, Catholic University of America Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of New Orleans Press, Maryland Historical Society, University of South Carolina Press, Family Development Press, Northeastern University, Wesleyan University Press, Central European University Press, the Modern Language Association, and University of Alberta Press. HFS is a division of Johns Hopkins University Press.
by jmh | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 1:51 PM
March 18, 2020
Dear friends and colleagues,
In my long career, I have never felt such a deep sense of urgency and responsibility as I did this week ensuring the safety and health of my colleagues here at Johns Hopkins University Press. As of this week, we are all working from home, aiming to keep to our regular schedules, and moving forward with a shared sense of purpose in serving all of you—our authors, editors, clients, customers, librarians, and readers.
Whether you are an author of one of our books, a client of Hopkins Fulfillment Services, a society member affiliated with our Journals Division, or a librarian serving your patrons with the broad content in Project MUSE, you can count on us. You can reach us in any way you choose, but email is working best for now. We are fully operational from our remote locations.
We have also taken a step that would have seemed extraordinary just a few weeks ago, but today is simply right and appropriate. Starting today, all JHU Press content on Project MUSE will be made accessible for free until May 31, 2020. Our aim is to ease the transition to at-home learning for students who might have difficulty accessing their university libraries remotely as they complete their spring semester course work. As a result of this decision, readers worldwide will have free online access to 1,400 books and 97 journals currently available on Project MUSE. The staff at MUSE is working with other participating publishers to make similar arrangements, and we salute their incredible efforts.
Access to the best research and scholarship is essential—for students completing their studies, for faculty members in their teaching and research, for policy makers weighing critical decisions, and for health professionals working to save lives. We will be looking for additional ways in which to overcome barriers created by the COVID-19 crisis that restrict access to this essential knowledge. I welcome your ideas about this.
It is comforting and empowering during this uncertain time to do everything we can to stay true to our mission and to help each other navigate unprecedented challenges to daily life—including being a student and conducting research. On behalf of all my colleagues at Johns Hopkins University Press, I offer my best wishes to you and yours as you meet the challenges of the coming weeks and months.
Barbara Kline Pope
by jmh | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:41 PM
1,400 books and 97 journals will be accessible for free for the remainder of the spring semester, ensuring access for university students completing course work at home
In response to the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 global public health crisis, Johns Hopkins University Press is providing free access to its collection of books and journals currently on Project MUSE, a massive online collection of humanities and social science research.
Starting March 18, all JHU Press content currently on the Project MUSE platform will be freely available to readers worldwide until at least May 31, 2020. The decision aims to ease the transition to at-home learning for students who might have difficulty accessing their university libraries remotely as they complete their spring semester course work. As a result of this decision, 1,400 JHU Press books and 97 journals will become accessible for free. Project MUSE is working with other participating publishers to make similar arrangements.
“Access to the best research and scholarship is essential,” noted JHU Press director Barbara Kline Pope in a message to the JHU Press community, “for students completing their studies, for faculty members in their teaching and research, for policy makers weighing critical decisions, and for health professionals working to save lives. It is comforting and empowering during this uncertain time to do everything we can to stay true to our mission and to help each other navigate unprecedented challenges to daily life—including being a student and conducting research.”
JHU Press joins a number of other university presses working with Project MUSE to quickly address the access needs of university students and faculty as they complete the academic year. In addition to Johns Hopkins University Press, the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are 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). Project MUSE expects to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.
“Serving the needs of libraries, publishers, and scholars has been core to the MUSE mission since day one,” said Wendy Queen, the director of Project MUSE. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in enormous and rapid changes to the lives of all our constituents, with the need to adapt daily to new methods of communicating and working. MUSE is grateful for the opportunity to support our community through this crisis, as a hub to connect users and the content they need, from wherever they can.”
Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive “Free” icon, indicating that the material is temporarily accessible and distinct from permanently free status of “Open Access” material.
by jmh | Monday, March 9, 2020 - 11:57 AM
Hopkins Fulfillment Services will distribute the MLA Handbook and other titles
Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS), a full-service print and e-book distributor and sales consortium for university presses and non-profit institutions, welcomes the Modern Language Association to its growing family of distinguished publishing partners. Starting in April 2020, HFS will manage warehousing, fulfillment, and sales representation for the Association’s highly regarded publications program.
“We feel that MLA’s mission and publishing program are an ideal match for HFS. Our distribution and sales services will help MLA advance its mission, engage its members, and reach a wide audience of students and scholars,” says HFS Director Davida Breier. “MLA’s outstanding work in the humanities closely aligns with the programs of all of our publishers. We are thrilled to be working with them.”
Widely known for publishing the MLA Handbook, now in its eighth edition, the Association produces a wide-range of resources for teachers, students, and researchers, including translations for classroom use, texts on professional issues, and well-established book series. Recent titles include Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler, the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy, The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda, and Approaches to Teaching Bechdel’s Fun Home. For more than a century, the 24,000-member Association has worked to strengthen the study and teaching of languages and literatures.
“MLA book publications offer a rich and wide-ranging set of resources for our members, the professions they represent, and their students,” said MLA Executive Director Paula Krebs. “The MLA is therefore delighted to work with Hopkins Fulfillment Services to bring these resources to a wider audience.”
About the Modern Language Association: Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities.
About HFS: Since 1977 HFS has provided distribution services for a distinguished list of university presses and nonprofit institutions. HFS represents Johns Hopkins University Press, Georgetown University Press, University of Washington Press, The University Press of Kentucky, Catholic University of America Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of New Orleans Press, Maryland Historical Society, University of South Carolina Press, Family Development Press, Northeastern University, Wesleyan University Press, Central European University Press, and the Modern Language Association. HFS is a division of Johns Hopkins University Press.
by jmh | Monday, October 21, 2019 - 9:44 AM
"Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions” makes seminal works by
A. O. Lovejoy, George Boas, Hayden White, and others available online for free
Johns Hopkins University Press is marking International Open Access Week (October 21-27) with the release of one hundred newly digitized open access books, including many seminal works by distinguished scholars that have been unavailable in recent years. The works are accessible for free through Project MUSE, the massive online collection of scholarship based at Johns Hopkins which now offers opportunities for publishers to host free and open access content.
The release represents the halfway point in an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities called “Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions” which will create open access digital editions as well as print-on-demand paperback editions of more than 200 titles drawn from the Press’s backlist of noteworthy but currently out-of-print titles. A full list is available on the Press’s open access resource page.
“We are thrilled that these first one hundred books are now available again to readers around the world,” said JHU Press director Barbara Kline Pope. “The opportunity to make this important work open and accessible for free is a significant extension of our mission to deliver scholarship to readers everywhere. We are grateful to Mellon, the NEH, and to our OA team across JHUP.”
Led by editorial director Greg Britton, the Press’s “Encore Editions” OA project has been a significant undertaking developed in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries and funded by a $200,000 Mellon/NEH Humanities Open Book Program grant in 2018. Editors at the Press worked closely with collections specialists at the Sheridan Libraries to review thousands of out-of-print works that have been difficult or impossible to access. Once titles were selected, JHU Press staff member Will Krause worked to clear publishing rights with authors or their estates and to orchestrate the process of digitizing and relaunching the books. Other staff members have assisted with design, production, and plans for marketing the new editions.
The Encore Editions include works in American and European history, literary studies, and philosophy, and represent some of the most intellectually and academically consequential scholarship published by Hopkins Press. Highlights include the following (hyperlinked titles are currently available as OA editions; others will be available by early 2020):
Several works by A. O. Lovejoy, the Hopkins intellectual historian and philosopher who founded the field of History of Ideas: Essays in the History of Ideas; The Thirteen Pragmatisms; and The Reason, the Understanding, and the Time.
A ground-breaking study of American consumer society by Regina Blaszczyk, the former cultural history curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, based on extensive research in previously untapped corporate archives: Imagining Consumers.
Pulitzer-prize winning historian Jack Rakove’s reappraisal of the politics of the Revolutionary period: The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress.
Deborah Kaplan’s influential study of 19th-century women’s culture that promoted female authority and achievement: Jane Austen Among Women.
A collection of essays concerned with history in critical discourse by Hayden White, whose book Metahistory is a flagship text on historiography: Figural Realism: Studies in the Mimesis Effect.
Alison Patrick’s re-framing of conventional views of the tumultuous French National Convention of 1792: The Men of the First French Republic.
“As a leading publisher of scholarly books by extraordinarily distinguished authors, we are excited about a new publishing model that allows these works to re-enter important conversations that have evolved significantly since the time the books were originally published,” noted Greg Britton.
The Encore Editions from JHU Press join a growing collection of open access and free content available from a variety of non-profit publishers on Project MUSE. A 2016 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation allowed MUSE to launch a new platform capable of delivering OA content in a highly-discoverable and adaptable format using user-friendly HTML5 rather than static PDFs, a major step forward in OA publishing in the humanities.
Project MUSE currently hosts more than 1,200 OA books and anticipates that number will continue to increase, with new titles funded through initiatives including the Humanities Open Book program, Knowledge Unlatched, TOME, Mellon grants, and other publisher- and institution-driven programs. Open access content on MUSE is fully integrated and supported alongside the more than 500,000 journal articles and 1,000,000 book chapters also on the platform.
by jmh | Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:42 PM
Providing access beyond institutional subscribers aims to ground the policy debate in research and current scholarship
Project MUSE, the massive online collection of scholarship administered by Johns Hopkins University Press and accessible primarily through university libraries, is providing free access to more than a dozen journal articles and books focused on understanding and preventing gun violence. The goal is to encourage the broadest possible engagement with current research and expertise on the topic as the latest round of gun policy debates and discussions continue in the wake of shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio. The collection, called “MUSE in Focus: Addressing Gun Violence,” is available at http://bit.ly/MUSEinFocus-Gun-Violence.
“We wanted to work quickly to assemble this material,” said Project MUSE director Wendy Queen. “While MUSE content is available to millions of researchers worldwide through their subscribing institutions, it was important to us that this work be made available to everyone.”
The material was selected by the Project MUSE staff in consultation with publishers to provide a broad range of perspectives and expertise relevant to the policy debates that are inevitably renewed with each new incident of gun violence. Participating publishers include Johns Hopkins University Press, Michigan State University Press, Penn State University Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Michigan Press, University of North Carolina Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press. The collection features titles such as Private Guns, Public Health, by David Hemenway, and After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock, by Craig Rood.
Also included is the book, Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick, which JHU Press director Barbara Kline Pope decided to make available as an open access PDF in 2017 after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. She had joined the Press only several weeks before that incident. Information about the book’s free availability has been shared repeatedly after subsequent shootings.
“It’s enormously sad— it’s astonishing, frankly—that this is the fourth time in less than two years at JHU Press that I have been part of an effort to make material like this available to the public in the wake of horrific gun violence,” commented Pope. “It’s tremendously important that the voices of experts and the insights of years of relevant research have full weight in the discussion of gun policy by lawmakers, journalists, and the public. Lives literally depend on understanding that research-based solutions and consensus are possible.”
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, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. Books on Project MUSE offers access to more than 57,000 books from over 100 presses, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content for browsing and discovery.
by jmh | Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:09 AM
Richard A. Macksey, who was affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for more than sixty years, died on Monday at age 87. We salute this legendary member of the Hopkins community and are grateful for his long and consequential association with the Press. Along with warm friendships and countless kindnesses enjoyed by generations of our staff, Dick was a perennial member of our Faculty Editorial Board and co-editor of one of the most notable books ever published by the Press, The Structuralist Controversy. He also served as the Comparative Literature Editor for the journal MLN for many years. The journal published a tribute to Dick after his retirement in 2009, which is available on Project MUSE.
Read more about Dick Macksey's remarkable life and career on the JHU HUB, and read a remembrance by JHUP's editorial director Greg Britton on our blog.