Project MUSE is pleased to announce the launch of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences as a fully open access title on the MUSE platform. A peer-reviewed journal designed to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations on timely issues of interest to academics, policymakers, and the public at large, RSF offers thematic journal issues focusing on specific research questions or areas of interest. The initial issues now available on MUSE focus on severe deprivation in America, and a fiftieth-anniversary retrospective on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
While MUSE currently hosts selected open access articles for its participating journals, RSF is the first fully OA title on the platform. Its release will be followed by the launch of another fully OA title later this spring, Palapala: A Journal for Hawaiian Language and Literature / 'o Palapala: He Puke Pai no ka ʻŌlelo me ka Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi. Published by University of Hawaii Press, a MUSE content contributor for over 15 years, Palapala will feature scholarly, refereed articles on the full range of topics in the field of Hawaiian language, including new research, reviews of new work, critical review of older, standard works of reference, transcriptions and reprints of older materials, problems and guidelines in interpretation, comparative Polynesian literature, and more.
Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications at the Russell Sage Foundation, commented, "I am thrilled our new RSF journal will be in MUSE. The foundation wanted to ensure that anyone anywhere can read it with ease, and I’ve always liked the MUSE model."
"The launch of RSF and soon, Palapala, signal an exciting new phase for MUSE, as a platform of choice for content providers wishing to make their scholarly publications widely available in an open access model," said Wendy Queen, Director, Project MUSE. "Our indexing and discoverability features, along with our large user base in the humanities and social sciences, make us an ideal home for both new OA titles and those considering conversion to this format."
The availability of RSF and Palapala on MUSE is made possible through its new Hosted Journals program, which allows publishers to include journals on the platform through a fee-based arrangement outside of the MUSE Journal Collections. MUSE Hosted Journals are integrated into the complete listing of MUSE journals and benefit from all of the same features, functionality, discoverability, and services as titles in collections. Publishers may choose to offer Hosted Journals via subscription or as open access.
MUSE's Publisher Relations office welcomes inquiries from peer-reviewed journals in the humanities and social sciences regarding the Hosted Journals program, in particular those titles interested in an open access model. More information may be found on our Journal Publishers web site.
In addition to offering open access journals, MUSE is currently conducting research under a Mellon Foundation planning grant towards the development of MUSE Open, a vehicle for the distribution of open access monographs via the MUSE platform. MUSE Open hopes to leverage new OA monograph funding models in combination with MUSE’s discoverability and usability features to provide an enriched reader experience and wide dissemination of important scholarship.
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. UPCC Books on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship from distinguished university presses and scholarly societies, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content. For more information on Project MUSE, visit muse.jhu.edu.