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Project Muse
Updated 19 August, 2009

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Project Muse - Scholarly Journals Online

Sales Contact: Ann Snoeyenbos (21/7/07)
Technical Contact/s
Project MUSE is pleased to announce that 2009 MARC records are now available for each of MUSE's six collections.  The record sets are full level description in the MARC21 format and include Library of Congress (LC) subject headings. Each collection's record set includes journals launched as of the beginning of the current subscription year. Updates to the record sets are added periodically during the year as new journals are launched.  You may sign up to receive an email when the updated records are available.  The MUSE MARC records are available for downloading from the MUSE website. The records are offered to subscribing institutions at no charge. The record sets include all journals in a collection including those that are no longer contributing new issues to MUSE. Even though a journal does not contribute new issues to MUSE, all previously launched issues of that journal remain online and accessible to subscribers. Additional details, instructions for downloading, and a link to sign up for email notification of updated records are found on the MUSE MARC Records page: Questions about MUSE MARC records may be sent to (27/3/09)

To join the CAUL consortium, complete the Form to Subscribe to Project Muse and notify the CAUL Office of the package required and your expected start date.

Subscriptions for 2010.
Project Muse 2010 pricing for CAUL (24/7/09)
NEWS 26/6/09: In light of current economic conditions, MUSE is strictly moderating the growth of the journal collections for 2010, resulting in significantly smaller price increases than in previous years. The 2010 price for the Premium Collection, MUSE's flagship journal collection, represents an increase of only 6%, half that of previous years' increases. All journals joining MUSE for 2010 will be included in the Premium Collection.  Prices for the Project MUSE Standard, Basic Research, Basic College, and Humanities collections are increasing by only 4%. The price for the MUSE Social Sciences Collection will remain flat from 2009 as a result of the attrition of some titles and the addition of very few titles in this area for 2010.

Subscriptions for 2009.
Project Muse 2009 pricing for CAUL (24/7/08)
List prices for the six MUSE online journal collections for 2009 have also been confirmed. Beginning with 2008, MUSE committed for a three-year period to caps on price increases of 12% on the Premium Collection and 7% for all other collections; 2009 pricing reflects these caps. Project MUSE continues to offer a model of tiered discounts on these rates based upon institutional Carnegie classification and relative usage for North America, and on World Bank country income classes and institutional programming for the rest of the world. Details regarding 2009 institutional renewals will be distributed to current subscribers and consortium affiliates in August and September; libraries that subscribe via a consortial arrangement should inquire about renewal options with their consortium offices. Additional announcements regarding new MUSE titles and our new web design will be made in the coming months, and complete 2009 title/price details will be available on the MUSE web site later this summer.  (23/7/08)

Subscriptions for 2008 (4/7/07)
Project Muse pricing for CAUL (21/7/07)
Update 21/7/07:  the collection known as Arts & Humanities has been completely reconfigured.  It is now significantly smaller and much more focused.  The new collection is called simply "Humanities Collection".
The Social Sciences collection has also been made significantly smaller and more focused; for this one the name remains the same.
The collection formerly known as Basic Undergraduate will now be known as Basic College but there have been no substantive changes made to this collection; its just a name change.
On August 1 full details of the 2008 collections will be available on our website, linked from
Two tools that may be of use to your members are:  2008 Collection Comparison Chart which can be downloaded in Excel, and the Holdings Tool which will include both the 2008 and the 2007 title lists
Update 4/7/07:  The list price for the 2008 Premium Collection is $30,800 for the nearly 375 titles included.
The 2008 list price for the Standard Collection is $22,700.
The Basic Research Collection is $19,100 for 2008 and
the Basic College Collection is $11,000.
The pricing reflects the growth in each of these collections, with over 30 new journals added to the Premium Collection and a limited number of titles moving into the other collections.
The reconfigured Humanities Collection has a list price of $12,100, and
the revised Social Sciences Collection lists at $8,500.

Subscriptions for 2007.
Project Muse pricing for CAUL (7/8/06)
CAUL Renewal Prices for 2007 (7/8/06)
2007 Collections, Titles, and Pricing

Subscription details for 2006
CAUL subscription pricing for 2006 (4/10/05)
Quotes for CAUL/CEIRC institutions for 2006 (4/10/05)

Journals Included in Collections:
# Premium Collection
# Standard Collection (previously called the "Full Collection")
# Basic Research Collection
# Basic Undergraduate Collection
# Arts and Humanities Collection
# Social Sciences Collection
View a Collection Comparison Chart to see at a glance which journals and subject areas are covered by each collection.

Project MUSE’s current Full Collection will be re-named the Standard Collection beginning in 2006. The Standard Collection will include all titles currently in the Full Collection, with a limited number of additional journals added in 2006. ....2006 list price for the Standard Collection will be $20,100.
The list price for the Premium Collection is  $24,500, with over forty new journals confirmed for inclusion. (6/9/05)
List prices for Project MUSE’s other four collections for 2006 are as follows:
Basic Research: $16,900
Basic Undergraduate: $10,000
Arts & Humanities: $18,000
Social Sciences: $13,200

Project MUSE International Academic Pricing: Institutions Outside the US & Canada
Project MUSE has developed a separate pricing model for academic institutions outside the United States and Canada. For the purposes of pricing, Project MUSE categorizes U.S. academic libraries into Tiers based upon the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Carnegie Classification was chosen because it represents, in essence, the level of research activity at an institution and its relation to the institution's mission. Although there is no worldwide equivalent to Carnegie Classification for institutions outside of the United States, our international pricing model attempts to also calibrate subscription fees with the level of research activity in MUSE's core disciplines.

Pricing levels for U.S. academic libraries are divided into five "tiers" based on type of institution as defined by the Carnegie Classification and four "quartiles" based on usage.
Usage Quartiles: Usage is defined by the number of full-text downloads per institution during a calendar year, and quartiles are determined by comparing usage levels among institutions in the same tier. The usage quartiles will be recalculated annually. MUSE will send all customers and/or consortia partners a letter annually indicating the current usage to be used in determining renewal prices. All new customers are considered to be in "Quartile 1" until an entire calendar year's worth of usage statistics are available.

Project MUSE U.S. Academic Library Pricing Tiers
Tier 5 - Doctoral Research Extensive institutions
Tier 4 - Doctoral Research Intensive institutions, Master's I institutions
Tier 3 - Master's II institutions, Baccalaureate Liberal Arts institutions
Tier 2 - Baccalaureate General institutions, Baccalaureate/Associates institutions
Tier 1 - Associates institutions

International institutional pricing is based on multiple factors. The initial step is division of institutions into Tiers based upon the country income group as defined by the World Bank's World Development Indicators. This classification scheme groups countries into four categories based on GNI per capita: High Income, Upper Middle Income, Lower Middle Income, Low Income. Download a copy of the current World Bank Country Income Group listing here.

After classification by country income group, an analysis is made of the depth of research and teaching in Humanities and Social Science departments at the institution. This step is important because library collections usually reflect research and curriculum needs. Additional factors, such as FTE, may be considered on a case by case basis. Determining the appropriate fee level, taking into account the local educational structure, is a collaborative process that begins with submission of basic information about the institution for review by the MUSE sales office.

Subscription details for 2005

Prices and subscription options for the 2005 calendar year.
2005 Single Title Subscription Options
Single Title Subscriptions Sold Through Project MUSE.
For 2005, most current international and non-academic customers will pay the same rate that applied in 2004.
2005 Subscription Pricing - U.S. Academic Libraries
Q&A on Project MUSE's New Pricing Model

2005 Renewal Pricing for CAUL (16/8/04)
From Melanie Schaffner, Project Muse:  The [above] spreadsheet reflects pricing for 2005 based upon the fees paid by your members in the 2004 term.   The new MUSE model also includes changes to the available Collections, which may affect some institutions in your consortium.

Beginning in 2005, MUSE is offering two new collections - a Basic Research Collection and a Basic Undergraduate Collection.  Titles for these collections have been carefully chosen based on selective criteria including presence in high quality indexes, inclusion in archival collections, and current MUSE usage by the primary customer segment.

As of 2005, MUSE will no longer offer publisher packages, including the Johns Hopkins University Press package, to which some institutions in your consortium subscribe. Since we can no longer offer these subscribers the Johns Hopkins University Press package, for 2005 we would like to offer them access to new Basic Undergraduate Collection for the same fee paid in 2004. We hope they will find this to be a reasonable offer, especially as the Basic Undergraduate Collection includes twice as many journals as the Hopkins package. Institutions that currently subscribe to the JHUP package and will be offered the Basic Undergraduate collection in 2005 are highlighted in yellow on the  sheet.   MUSE also continues to offer two discipline-based collections, one in Arts & Humanities and one in Social Sciences. Please be aware however, as part of our recent transition, the title lists for these discipline-specific collections have been re-engineered, with the changes designed to strengthen the collections, increase their research value, and meet the needs of subscribers more effectively. Some institutions in your group currently subscribe to one of these collections. I have included 2005 pricing information for these collections only for current subscribers. Please be sure they are aware of the changes to the collections.

Finally, some institutions have in the past chosen to waive any available discounts on MUSE online journals in order to be eligible for discounts on print subscriptions to the journals. Beginning in 2005, the individual publishers participating in MUSE will decide what discount, if any, they will offer on print subscriptions for MUSE subscribing libraries. There will no longer be an across-the-board print discount policy for all MUSE journals. Because of this, I have adjusted the prices for those institutions previously waiving their discounts to be on par with their peer institutions that do receive the discounts. These institutions are highlighted in pink on the attached sheet.

Consortia remain very important to MUSE in consolidating and servicing orders.  Under the new pricing model, we are eliminating the existing volume-based discounting scheme for consortia and replacing it with a fixed 10% discount for any consortium order. Because prices for your members are frozen from the 2004 term, all prices on the attached spreadsheet already include any applicable discount. In future, your consortium will be eligible for the new 10% discount on the international prices to be announced in 2006.

See our announcement of 2005 content changes for complete details on new titles and those that are moving to archive-only status.
Full Collection
Basic Research Collection
Basic Undergraduate Collection
Arts & Humanities Collection
Social Sciences Collection

Subscription details for 2004 (update 6/9/03, renewals due 19/9/03)

Project Muse Titles in Collection Groupings (3/7/03)
New pricing for 2004:
1. Full collection USD 20,000
1a. (for 2004 only) Full collection as at 2003 ie without new titles for 2004 USD 18,000
2. Arts & Humanities Collection USD 14,800
3. Social Sciences Collection USD 11,400
4. JHUP Collection USD 5,000

All of the above are available at the usual consortium discount levels ie with the current number of subscribers, there is a 20% volume discount plus a 10% consortium discount (single invoice handled through CAUL) eg in 2003 the $17,000 for the full collection was discounted to $12,240.

5. Flex plan - as per my message to you July 2, it is possible for a group of 5 or more to select their own group of >100 titles - the final pricing depends on the number of institutions and the number of titles selected.  All members of the group have to take the same titles.  The discounts are lower than those for the packages <30%

The "2004 Full Collection," including all of the current titles plus the newly announced journals, will have an annual subscription fee of no more than $20,000. This is less than an 18 percent increase from the current year's subscription rate with the benefit of more quality content to support humanities and social science programs. Additional new titles are expected to be announced for inclusion in this collection, prior to the release of firm 2004 subscription rates on August 1.

For the 2004 subscription term only, subscribers will have the option to maintain the "2003 Full Collection." This includes the journals in the current 2003 full collection, without the new 2004 titles. The list price for this collection will be no more than $18,500.

The 2004 Full Collection, 2003 Full Collection, the Arts & Humanities Collection, the Social Sciences Collection and the Johns Hopkins Press Package will continue to be available for subscription under our popular Consortium Volume Discount Plan.

Muse Consortium Flex-Plan.

NB. The details are not yet available, but a sample CAUL template for the selection of 100 of the 220 Muse titles is available (1/7/03).
Muse is pleased to announce a new Flex Plan subscription option for consortia, providing a group of libraries with the opportunity to create a custom collection of Muse journals for their consortium.

Starting with 2004 subscriptions, library consortia will be able to design and tailor Muse collections to best meet their needs and budgets. As an alternative to the current "pre-packaged" collections, the Flex-Plan will allow the consortia to customize their journal collections. All libraries in the consortium will have access to the same custom collection.
Though the Flex-Plan will offer subscribers more flexibility and options within their collections, those consortia whose members subscribe to pre-packaged collections through Muse's current Consortium Volume Discount Plan will receive deeper discounts on those collections.

Under the new Flex Plan, the consortium may select a customized package of at least 100 Muse journals, to which all the libraries in the group will have access. A minimum of five libraries in the consortium is required to qualify for discounts. Discounts will be tiered based upon the number of participating libraries and the number of journals in the custom collection, with a maximum discount of 30 percent.

Individual libraries will retain the ability to upgrade their subscription to the Muse Full Database collection outside of the consortium arrangement, if desired.

Subscription details for 2003 (renewals due 31/10/02)

Consortium Subscription Pricing (currently CAUL is in the 20-39 range)
Details of current subscriptions
Summary of 2003 CAUL subscribers.

Subscription details for 2002

Subscription details for 2001

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Information about 2001 Subscriptions.

Project MUSE is pleased to announce that pricing and new title information is now available for the 2001 subscription year. We have 13 new publisher partners and over 50 new titles being offered next year. We are continuing to offer the Project MUSE Full Database Collection, the two discipline packages, and the Johns Hopkins University Press package for consortium subscriptions. The prices and number of full-text journal titles for the 2001 packages are as follows:

Full Database Collection (167 titles):  $12,000 Arts & Humanities Package (126 titles):  $9,000 Social Sciences Package (77 titles): $5,500 Johns Hopkins University Press Package (48 titles):  $3950

Please visit the MUSE web site at for complete details on each package, including a list of journals included. Members of a consortium are not required to choose the same package -- each institution may choose the package from the four options that best meets its needs. There are no significant changes to our consortium discount program ( The same volume discount tiers apply as in the past. You will find the familiar discount grids showing the price for each package for various types of institutions at the established discount levels on the web site, and you will also be receiving a package with a print version of this grid which you may copy and distribute to your members as needed.  Included in the package will be a list of your current member subscribers and their renewal price for 2001 (assuming no changes in their package selections or your consortium's current discount tier). Information on renewal procedures will also be included in this package, Again, there are no changes in the process from previous years.

***A reminder: ALL Project MUSE subscriptions operate on a calendar year subscription term, and expire on December 31. If your consortium's initial order, or any of your members' orders, were placed after January 1, 2000, the subscriptions were pro-rated and are still due for renewal on January 1, 2001!***

Please watch our web site and your mail box for more updates on Project MUSE in 2001.  We thank you for your continued support of our Project through this exciting phase of expansion and growth.

Best Regards,
Melanie B. Vandermark <>
Marketing and Sales Manager for Online Products  Phone (410) 516-3846  Fax (410) 516-6968
The Johns Hopkins University Press 2715 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD  21218-4319

Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 13:08:10 -0400
PRESS RELEASE: Project MUSE Annouces Pricing and Subscription Options  for 2000


Incentive discount offered for early orders

Baltimore, MD - Firm prices and subscription options for the 2000 calendar year term are now available for Project MUSE®, the electronic journals database managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP).  In June, JHUP announced the expansion of MUSE to include full-text online access to titles from other university presses. Nine other publishers are currently participating, bringing the total number of journal titles offered in MUSE to 112 and more than doubling the size of the collection. The publishers involved are Carnegie Mellon University Press, Duke University Press, Indiana University Press, MIT Press,  Oxford University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Texas Press, and the University of Wisconsin Press.

Institutional customers will have a choice of several flexible subscription options to best meet their collection development needs.  Along with the complete collection of titles, convenient discipline-oriented packages and packages of titles by publisher are available, all at less than the total cost of subscribing to the print editions of the journals included.  As in the past, libraries will also be able to pick and choose single title subscriptions, with electronic-only journals priced at 90% of the print edition, and special combined print and electronic subscriptions priced at 130% of the print rate.

Libraries opting for either the complete database or one of the discipline-oriented packages may take an extra 10% off the list price for orders that are received and paid no later than January 31, 2000.  This discount may not be combined with any category or consortial discounts and applies only to orders placed at full list price.

The list price for the complete Project MUSE Full Database of 112 titles is $8000, even lower than the figure projected when MUSE's expansion was announced.  This broad collection of quality journal literature provides excellent value for a cost less than that of some single periodical titles in the sciences.  The Arts & Humanities Package, consisting of 86 titles, has a list price of $6,200.  A Social Sciences Package containing 50 titles is available for $3,750.

Publisher packages are offered for collections of titles from five of the participating presses, including the Johns Hopkins University Press.  The JHUP package is essentially the same database currently accessed by Project MUSE full database customers, with a few changes resulting from the addition and deletion of certain journals from our publishing program.  The publisher packages are priced as follows:  Johns Hopkins University Press (45 titles) $3,450, Duke University Press (24 titles) $2,050, Indiana University Press (13 titles) $825, Pennsylvania State University Press (9 titles) $370, University of Hawaii Press (9 titles) $280.

Project MUSE will continue to offer discounts on MUSE subscriptions to certain categories of libraries, and volume discounts for orders from library consortia and networks.  Consortium discounts will apply to the four largest database packages; Full Database, Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and the JHUP Package.  Consortia members may "mix and match" their subscriptions among these four packages and the volume discount for the group will be determined by the total number of subscribing members. Category discounts for small academic libraries, community/junior colleges, public libraries, high schools and special libraries will apply to all of the packages offered.  As in the past, category and consortial discounts will be compounded if a library qualifies for both.  No discounts are offered on single title orders.

Lists of the specific journal titles included in the various Project MUSE packages offered for subscription in 2000 may be found on the MUSE Web site.  A complete list of the titles in MUSE for 2000 (the Full Database Package) may be found at Details on the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences Packages are at, and title lists for the publisher packages are at

Project MUSE was launched in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University, to offer the full text of JHUP scholarly journals via the world wide web.  In 1999, MUSE publishes online 46 JHUP titles in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics, which are available for institutional subscriptions either as a package or individually. Project MUSE has been hailed for its library-friendly licensing and usage policies, easy online navigation, reasonable pricing, and generous discount plans for consortia and various categories of libraries.

The Johns Hopkins University Press is one of the country's oldest and largest university presses, publishing more than 170 books each year and 52 scholarly journals.  By long tradition the Press has published with distinction in such disciplines as literary studies, classics, history, economics, political science, and the history of science and medicine.  Its innovative publishing program embraces both traditional and newer modes of scholarly communication.

Sample journal issues and more information about Project MUSE may be accessed online at:  Trial access to the entire Project MUSE database may be arranged for media review and for prospective subscribers by contacting Melanie Vandermark, Marketing and Sales Manager for Online Products at the Johns Hopkins University Press.  Please call 410-516-3846 or email for more information.

CONTACT:  Melanie Vandermark (410) 516-3846 E-Mail:
Project Muse Mirror Site (University of Queensland)

From Muse News:  Project Muse Newsletter v3 n3 Fall/Winter 2002 pp1,4
Project MUSE has become a jetsetter-the resource now has an official home in the Southern Hemisphere as well as the Northern one. As of December 1, 2002, MUSE can be accessed not only at its original home at, but also on our mirror site at

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