JHU Press Journals Celebrate Open Access Week

In our recent strategic planning engagement, JHU Press revised its vision statement to: "We envision a future where knowledge enriches the life of every person." This vision of scholarship available to all is a goal we strive for all year long, but is specifically celebrated every year during Open Access Week.  

Open Access week, now in its thirteenth year, is a global event meant to increase participation and progress to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Publishers, libraries, academic institutions, and scholars across the globe use this week to share ideas, advocate, and inspire more open and emerging forms of scholarship.    

The JHU Press Journals Division has a long history of working with our publishing partners to create new and innovative models for removing barriers to scholarly content. We are not a one-size-fits-all publisher, and as such, we work creatively and adaptably with our journals to create spaces and programs for their research to be freely accessed by all. JHU Press prides itself on thinking outside of the box to come up with flexible, future-thinking solutions for each of our 97 journals. Here are just a few of the spaces where JHUP Journals content is made freely available:  

Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics share an open-access, non-peer-reviewed online platform at jhuptheatre.org where exclusive articles, images, videos, interviews and other digital material are regularly published, supplementing the print issues.   

The Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform, winner of the 2019 Prose Award for Innovations in Journal Publishing is a successful and innovative collaboration between the Modernist Studies Association and the Journals division of the Johns Hopkins University Press that, since its launch in January 2016, has advanced  the concept of  the digital “commons” to become a kind of  virtual meeting space for the modernist community.  


One of the earliest humanities-focused journals on the Internet, Postmodern Culture (PMC) started as a groundbreaking experiment in scholarly publishing. It has become a leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures. The current issue of Post Modern Culture is always made freely available on Project MUSE.     


Journal of Democracy is an influential international forum for scholarly analysis and competing democratic viewpoints. Its articles have been widely reprinted in many languages. The latest issue of Journal of Democracy is always made freely available on Project MUSE for the first month of publication.  

Every one of the 97 JHU Press Journals has one issue from the prior volume year freely available at all times. To access these issues, look for the    symbol on the journal's Project MUSE page.    

Lastly, in the coming month, Shakespeare Bulletin will be making its special issue "Shakespeare, Race, and Performance" freely available in support of the RaceB4Race initiative. Stay tuned to the JHU Press blog for more details on this important initiative by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history, and culture.