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Have you run across any confusing acronyms, or are you a bit hazy on JSTOR-specific definitions? This glossary covers the basics for you, with helpful links to in-depth information when necessary.

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Administrator

Usage statistics are available to administrators for a given institution. An administrator account is simply a MyJSTOR account given special privileges and can be set up by contacting JSTOR Support.

African Access Initiative

The African Access Initiative is a program started in 2006 through which JSTOR has waived the standard participation fees (the Archive Capital Fee and the Annual Access Fee) for any not-for-profit institution in a country on the continent of Africa.

Alumni Access Program

The Alumni Access Program was launched in 2009 to allow participating schools to offer ongoing access to JSTOR to their alumni. Alumni from participating institutions gain full access to the same set of archive collection content available to all current students and faculty at their institutions.

Annual Access Fee (AAF)

The AAF is a recurring fee that covers the ongoing costs of maintenance, user services, and administration required to support your access to collections in JSTOR. The AAF is invoiced on a calendar year basis.

Archive Capital Fee (ACF)

The ACF is a one-time fee per collection designed to ensure that JSTOR has the necessary resources to meet its archival obligation to migrate data and software systems as technology evolves.

Authenticated

When a user is authenticated, they have been recognized as coming from a participating institution and so have access to content on JSTOR. This can be an automatic process if your campus has IP authentication and you are on site, or it can be achieved by logging in remotely through the Institution Finder.

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Backfile

The Backfile of a journal includes its back issues, or the issues of a journal that are not considered to be “current”. The Backfile can also be referred to as Archival content.

Book Download Balance Report

The Book Download Balance Report is available through the JSTOR Reporting Tool. This report provides the current status of PDF downloads for your institution's single-user Books. The report is broken down by book and provides 'Downloads Remaining' counts for 'Standard' and 'Additional Packs' and also the 'Total Downloads' remaining for each book.

More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Book Report 2

The COUNTER compliant Book Report 2 is the standard COUNTER report for book content, and tracks the number of successful chapter requests by month and title. More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Book Report 4

The COUNTER-compliant Book Report 4 shows the number of turnaways by month and the type of service to which your institution subscribes. More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Books at JSTOR

Books at JSTOR features more than 20,000 scholarly monographs from leading academic presses, and is fully integrated with the more than 1,600 current and archival journals on JSTOR, including links to and from book reviews.

Books Detailed Usage Report

The Books Detailed Usage Report is not COUNTER compliant, but includes date range selection and can include the:

Table of Contents: refers to the table of contents for a particular book that is accessed.
PDFs Viewed: refers to the number of times a PDF is accessed and viewed.
PDFs Downloaded: refers to the number of times a PDF is downloaded.

More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Boolean Searching

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Citation

A citation includes the pertinent information about an article so you can document your sources. For example; journal title, volume, issue, and publication date. JSTOR citations do not adhere to any specific style manual.
 

Collection

JSTOR's Collections are multi-disciplinary and discipline-specific collections that include complete runs of journals. These collections span across more than 50 disciplines of academic content. These collections are designed to offer institutions the flexibility of choosing the materials that are most appropriate for their needs. Collection descriptions, full titles lists, notable titles, and contact information for licensing are available in the Content on JSTOR section.

Consortia

Consortia are groups of institutions that license JSTOR Collections as one unit.

Consortial Statistics

Usage statistics for consortia are available to the designated administrator of a consortium who aggregates statistics for all member institutions. Access to the consortial usage statistics reporting tool is managed through a MyJSTOR account with administrative privileges. The available reports are outlined in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Current Issues

Current issues are any newer issue of a journal that the publisher considers to be recent (generally as much as three to five years old). They can also be referred to as Frontfile content.

Current Scholarship Program (CSP)

Through the Current Scholarship Program, launched in 2010, JSTOR expanded its vast collection of archival content to include the most recent issues of academic journals. An overview of available content, subscription options, and pricing is available in the Current Scholarship Program 2014 Catalog.

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Data for Research (DfR)

The Data for Research, or DfR, service is provided by JSTOR for use by the research community. It provides a set of web-based tools for selecting and interacting with content from the JSTOR archive. The service also provides the ability to obtain data sets via bulk downloads. More information can be found on the DfR website.

Database Report 3

The Database Report 3 is a COUNTER 3 compliant report available for JSTOR journal content. This report shows the total number of searches and sessions by month and the type of service to which your institution subscribes.

More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Detailed Usage Report

The Detailed Usage Report provides usage statistics with a variety of perimeters available for inclusion. You can group the report by publication or JSTOR discipline (Biological Sciences, History, Sociology, etc). More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Developing Nations Access Initiative

Since 2008, JSTOR has waived or offered reduced participation fees for any academic or not-for-profit institution in developing countries through the Developing Nations Access Initiative.

Digital Availability Date

A current subscription to any title or collection in the Current Scholarship Program includes access back to the Digital Availability Date. This date is defined as either: (a) the first online volume published that was also available for purchase by libraries from the publisher (not from an aggregator), or (b) for titles not yet online, the year ahead of the moving wall. Access will remain fixed back to this date with each additional subscription year. Digital availability dates are included on the current CSP Title List.

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Early Journal Content (EJC)

Early Journal Content is an initiative that makes journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals.

ETOC

An eTOC alert allows anyone who registers for a MyJSTOR account to be notified via email when new content goes online. When viewing a journal article or list of volumes and issues, a Journal Tracking box appears on the right side of the page. Selecting “Receive updates by email (eTOC)” will save the journal to your MyJSTOR account, which will send you eTOC alerts when new content is added to the journal. Details are available in our MyJSTOR help documentation.

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Individual Access Subscription

JSTOR works with publishers to offer access to specific titles to society members and independent researchers. Individual access to journals in the JSTOR archive is provided by participating publishers.

Institution

Institution refers to the establishment that participates with JSTOR to extend access to users. This can be a university, a secondary school, or a private company, for example.

Institution Finder

The Institution Finder allows users with off-campus access to easily login through their institutions for authenticated use. Instructions are available in our remote access documentation.

ITHAKA

ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA provides three innovative services that benefit the academic community: JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R.

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Journal Report 1

The Journal Report 1 is a COUNTER compliant journal report available to librarians with administrator privileges. This report shows the number of successful full-text article requests by month and journal for your institution. More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Journal Report 1a

The Journal Report 1a report shows the number of successful full-text article requests of archival content by month and journal. More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

Journal Report 1b

The Journal Report 1b, which is not COUNTER compliant, shows the number of successful full-text article requests for current subscriptions by month and journal. This report is useful for looking at CSP title usage separately from archival usage.
More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

JPASS

JPASS is an individual access option that gives users personal access to a library of more than 1,500 academic journals on JSTOR. Access is managed through a personal MyJSTOR account. If you don’t have access to JSTOR through a school or public library, JPASS may be a perfect fit. Read more about JPASS to find out.

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Metadata

Metadata are the descriptive information about a journal, issue, or article. For example; journal title, volume and issue number, article author, main language, keywords, etc.

Missing Issues List

We post a Missing Issues List of issues we have been unable to obtain from any source and are still seeking. Publishers provide issues they have available and we make every reasonable effort to acquire any remaining issues through purchases from third-party vendors. However, in some instances there are still issues missing and in these cases libraries, societies, and individuals have been invaluable in helping to complete journal back runs through donations and loans. To read more, please visit our help documentation.

Moving Wall

Journals in JSTOR have "moving walls" that define the time lag between the most current issue published and the content available in JSTOR. The majority of journals in the archive have moving walls of between 3 and 5 years, but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years.

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Not-for-Profit

A not-for-profit is an organization established for charitable, educational, or humanitarian purposes and not for making money.

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OpenURL

OpenURLs assist in the resolution of a request for a web resource, such as an online article.JSTOR supports OpenURL linking for all content. Users at institutions that have activated a link resolver for use with JSTOR will see OpenURL links for all content in collections not licensed by their institutions, as well as for links to current issues content on partner sites.

To activate OpenURL links for your institution, please refer to our help documentation on the topic.

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Participant

Libraries that have licensed JSTOR Archival Collections are referred to as participants.

Peer Review

Peer review refers to the evaluation of academic content by other people in the same field in order to maintain the quality of articles submitted for publication in a scholarly journal. For information about peer-reviewed content in JSTOR please refer to our help documentation.

Portico

Portico is a digital preservation service provided by ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. Created in 2002, Portico was founded to build a sustainable digital archive to serve the academic community and to enable publishers and libraries to feel secure and to realize tangible benefits as they transitioned to greater reliance on digital content.

Primary Sources

JSTOR's Primary Sources Collections are multi-disciplinary and discipline-specific collections that include primary source content complementary to the journal collections. These collections include select monographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, government documents, images, 3-D models, spatial data, type specimens, drawings, paintings, and more.

Publisher Sales Service (PSS)

Publisher Sales Service is a program offered through participating JSTOR Publishers in which journal articles or issues are available for purchase. Publishers decide which articles can be purchased and set the fees for their articles. JSTOR facilitates the purchase of articles from the archive on behalf of participating publishers.

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Register & Read

Register & Read Beta is a new, experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account.

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Summary Usage Report

The Summary Usage Report details the usage statistics specific to your institution compared to those in your category (Very Large, Large, Medium, Small, etc.), as well as to all institutions.

More information about usage reports is available in our Usage Statistics help documentation.

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