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A bigger academic megaphone for AU researchers

A new agreement between Aarhus University Press and the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press will give AU researchers access to a much bigger audience than previously.

Researchers who publish books via Aarhus University Press will now be joining a very exclusive club. The publishing house has entered into an agreement with Project MUSE, which was started by the American Johns Hopkins University Press.

Project MUSE is simply an online database with more than 60,000 e-books and 700 journals from some of the world’s most prestigious university publishing houses, including Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press and the MIT Press. And now, the database will be expanded to include another 1,250 e-books from Aarhus University.

Access to world-class research environments

"MUSE is a very attractive platform for us as a publishing house and for researchers at Aarhus University," says Karina Bell Ottosen, who is an editor and responsible for international collaboration at Aarhus University Press.

"With this agreement, publications by AU researchers will get a prominent place on the shelves that research librarians, around the world, look at when ordering material for their institutions. MUSE is particularly used at many of the large universities in the US, so we see this as a really good way for AU researchers to get direct access to some of the world's strongest academic environments".

‘Reflections’ series making its way into the world

Joining Project MUSE is part of Aarhus University Press’ overall strategy to strengthen its international presence, thus ensuring a broader international audience for Danish research. Recently, Aarhus University Press also joined the Association of University Presses, an international publishing community with more than 140 members.

"Our membership gives us better opportunities to co-publish with other publishers and to have researchers’ manuscripts and articles translated into several languages," says Karina Bell Ottosen, adding that Aarhus University Press also has a lot to offer itself:

"The Association of University Presses say that they find great inspiration in our formats, for example the Reflections series. We see this as a pat on the back for Aarhus University Press and not least for the researchers whose work we publish. At the same time, knowing that the large international university publishers can also learn from us is very rewarding”.