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How do university presses make journals available to institutions?

University presses strive to make sure our content is accessible online to institutional libraries and their patrons, whether by partnering with aggregators or by developing our own platforms. With library budgets shrinking, we also make sure we offer multiple ways to get access to our content, whether through direct title subscriptions to specific journals or by including our content in collections packages (e.g., Project MUSE). We try to stay on top of technological trends with metadata, such as keywords and abstracts, and DOIs (digital object identifiers), so our content is easily discoverable and usable by scholars at our subscribing institutions. Participation in aggregation and hosting platforms also allows libraries to monitor real-time usage data, so librarians can see just how valuable our publications are to their patrons. These platforms can also offer bells and whistles that are useful to researchers, such as providing TOC (table of contents) alerts when new issues go live, allowing people to create personal accounts so they can save content related to their research, and exporting citation information.

—Michigan State University Press, February 2021