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Penn Press announces journal program changes: 2024 pricing, new acquisitions, and new open-access titles

2024 will be a year of growth for the University of Pennsylvania Press journals program: our list will expand to twenty-five titles (including four open-access titles), we will implement additional functionality on our online hosting platform, and we will launch a new journals website.


2024 prices now available

Penn Press journals’ 2024 pricing is now available. After keeping institutional journal prices flat for several years, we have implemented an increase for some titles. The average increase per title is less than $5 and no single journal’s increase exceeds $15. We have implemented industry-standard functionality on the Project MUSE platform, streamlining the log-in and authentication experience for users. Librarians now have access to MUSE backend tools for Penn Press titles, such as the ability to run reports about content usage. We are proud that Penn Press’s journal prices continue to be among the most affordable in the scholarly publishing community. View pricing information on our website: www.pennpress.org/order.


Open-access title list expands

With the addition of the Journal of Disaster Studies and Pasados, four open-access journals are now published by Penn Press. The Press has published Observational Studies for several years and, thanks to the generosity of the Schoenberg Institute at Penn Libraries, the journal Manuscript Studies will flip to Open Access in 2024. The Press plans to continue expanding its open-access list in the humanities in the coming years.    


New journals coming to Penn Press in 2024

  • Journal of Disaster Studies (biannual) is a new open-access journal that publishes the work of disaster researchers around the world. The journal foregrounds historically and theoretically framed analyses of both slow and abrupt disasters, questioning how disasters have been designated, conceptualized, and politicized.
  • Nova Religio (quarterly) presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements with topics including new religions; new movements within established religious traditions; neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements; ancient wisdom and New Age groups; diasporic religious movements; and marginalized and stigmatized religions.
  • Pasados: Recovering History, Imagining Latinidad (biannual) is a new open-access publication providing peer-reviewed content with a focus on Latinx cultural pasts. The journal publishes methodological and theoretical studies of Latinx archives, textual artifacts, and histories.
  • Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society(quarterly) includes papers read at the American Philosophical Society’s biannual meetings, independent essays by outside scholars, and talks by prominent professionals, scholars, and scientists that will not be published elsewhere. Recent topics include language and identity in America’s native nations, landscape architecture, the U.S. education system, and the anthropocene.
  • Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (quarterly) is the oldest scholarly publication in the United States, covering various fields of study, ranging from 18th-century American history to the history of science; from meteorology to evolution. Recent topics include the future of libraries, education in the early republic, decolonizing special collections, and the power and meaning of maps.


Additional notes

  • French Forum will decrease in frequency from three to two issues per year.
  • Manuscript Studies will continue to offer print issues for sale even as it moves to Open Access online.
  • Subscriptions to new titles Proceedings of the APS and Transactions of the APS will include electronic access for the first time.