Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic research is more important than ever and the large-scale shift to distance learning at colleges and universities around the world means students need new forms of access to content. In response to these new and extensive demands, the University of Pennsylvania Press has announced that all content available through the Press’s digital library partners will be upgraded to unlimited usage for all users at participating institutions.
The decision to make digital content freely accessible reflects Penn Press’s key role in supporting the international academic community as it endeavors to perform the vital work of research, discovery, and education under current global circumstances. The Press is able to provide this accessibility for scholars and readers with the support of its digital publishing partners: DeGruyter, EBSCO, MUSE, and ProQuest.
“At a time like this, reliable, carefully vetted research is crucial to support anyone who is working to find solutions to the current public health crisis. Penn Press has always been dedicated to the University’s pedagogical mission, and we are ready to contribute to sustaining teachers and students around the world seeking to continue their education through this challenging time,” says Penn Press Director Mary Francis.
As our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact evolves, Penn Press’s publications will make an important contribution to how we think about our history and look to our future to reform and rebuild: from public policy to urban infrastructure, economics to international relations. Publishing upward of 140 new books and journals a year, with an active backlist of more than 3000 titles, Penn Press’s editorial program spans the disciplinary spectrum in fields such as African American studies, American history, Atlantic studies, world history, gender studies, human rights and international law, Jewish studies, literature and cultural studies, medieval and renaissance studies, political science and public policy, religious studies, and urban studies.
Penn Press’s free digital access will be available through June 30, 2020.