Open Access eBooks: Information for Librarians
Open Access monographs are now available on the JSTOR platform at no cost to libraries or users. More than 500 titles are now available from respected presses, such as University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, and ANU Press, and the collection will continue to grow. View the title list here, and please share the link with researchers at your institution.
We believe that working with publishers to make Open Access monographs discoverable alongside other types of content on a highly used platform will increase their usage and impact. The Open Access titles are cross-searchable with journals and primary sources on JSTOR. We are providing chapter level discovery, as we do for all 45,000+ ebooks on JSTOR today. Please see below for information on integrating these titles into library catalogs and discovery services.
Free MARC records for Open Access titles are available via OCLC’s WorldShare Collection Manager. There is a new collection called “Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection.” Please see below for further instructions; the first step varies depending on your library's current use of OCLC Collection Manager.
1) Select the Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection in OCLC's Collection Manager
Libraries that do not currently use OCLC Collection Manager will need to first request a free account. OCLC offers a guide to getting started as well as customer support.
Libraries that aren’t participating in the Books at JSTOR program may search for and manually select the Open Access Collection in OCLC Collection Manager, using the following steps:
- In the left-hand navigation pane, uncheck the box for “My Selected Collections.”
- Retain the label of “Collection” in the dropdown.
- Enter “Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection” in the search box, and click Search.
- Click the “Select Collection” button in the “In My Holdings” column.
- Once the collection is selected, click into it and enable MARC record delivery. OCLC's quick start guide provides directions for doing this.
- Please do not manually select other Books at JSTOR collections. Manual selection of the DDA or All Purchased collections results in inaccurate record deliveries relative to the library’s holdings. For Books at JSTOR participants, these two collections will be selected automatically as appropriate.
- Wait for the Books at JSTOR Open Access collection to be automatically selected.
- Search for and manually select the Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection in Collection Manager. Unlike with the All Purchased and Demand Driven Acquisitions collections, it is ok to manually select the Open Access collection. Manually selecting a collection means that the library selects the entire collection regardless of whether or not it has access to all the titles in that collection. However, by definition, the library will have access to all titles in the Open Access collection. Therefore, manual selection will work fine and should be a quicker route to receiving records than waiting for automatic selection of the Open Access collection.
Once the collection is selected, the library will need to enable MARC record delivery for that collection. OCLC's quick start guide provides directions for doing this.
If you have any questions about MARC records, please contact email@example.com.
JSTOR is providing metadata and full text for these titles to these discovery partners: ProQuest Summon; Ex Libris Primo and Alma; EBSCO Discovery Service; and OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. These services are adding a target/package for JSTOR Open Access Titles to their knowledgebases so that libraries can easily activate the titles. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Terms & Conditions
JSTOR's Terms & Conditions have been updated. Section 3.3 includes a definition of Open Access, and section 4.4 states that any Creative Commons license has precedence over JSTOR's Terms & Conditions. Each Open Access title is available under one of six Creative Commons licenses, and the license type is shown at the bottom of each Open Access book and chapter page.
All the Open Access titles are preserved in Portico, ensuring that researchers will have access to the content in perpetuity. Content will remain Open Access if it is triggered through Portico.