Open Access

Open Access Week

Johns Hopkins University Press celebrated Open Access Week 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. 

Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions

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.

The “Encore Editions” project at the Press 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. An editorial team 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.  The books selected for the project 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 among the Encore Editions include:

A full list of open access titles is available here.

The Scholarly Kitchen Interview 

Karin Wulf at The Scholarly Kitchen interviewed Johns Hopkins University Press Director Barbara Kline Pope and Project MUSE Director Wendy Queen about the Mellon/NEH funded grant and open access initiatives at Hopkins Press.

"Our aim, as with all of our publishing, is to extend the reach of our authors' work and to amplify its impact." —Press Director Barbara Kline Pope

Read the interview here.

Q&A with the Authors Alliance

The Authors Alliance held a Q&A with Press Director Barbara Kline Pope about the Press’s open publishing initiatives for scholarly books. Read the Q&A here.

Blog Posts

Editorial Director Greg Britton kicked off our Open Access Week blog posts by writing about the rewarding and challenging process of digitizing the classic backlist books in the Encore Editions project. Read his blog post here.

Acquisitions Assistant Will Krause muses about the complex—and deeply personal—side of being a cyber investigator tracking down the authors and relatives of authors of the Encore Editions. Read his blog post here.

Author Lionel Gossman writes about embracing open access and revisiting two of his books, Men and Masks and Medievalism and the Ideologies of the Enlightenment, that were digitized in the Encore Editions project. Read his blog post here.

Journals Publisher Bill Breichner explains the Print Plus platform, winner of the 2019 Prose Award for Innovations in Journal Publishing and an innovative collaboration between the Modernist Studies Association and the Journals division of the Press. Read his blog post here.

Tune in for more blog posts focused on open access initiatives at Johns Hopkins University Press.

The JHU Hub

The Encore Editions open access project was featured on the JHU Hub during Open Access Week. Read the article here.