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.
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.
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.
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.
Books at JSTOR
Books at JSTOR will feature more than 14,000 scholarly monographs from leading academic presses, and will be fully integrated with the more than 1,600 current and archival journals on JSTOR, including links to and from book reviews. An initial title list, as well as more information on the program, is available at http://books.jstor.org.
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.
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 are groups of institutions that license JSTOR Collections as one unit.
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 2013 Catalog.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Institution Finder allows users with off-campus access to easily login through their institutions for authenticated use. You can find find a tutorial on how to use this feature here.
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.
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.
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.
A not-for-profit is an organization established for charitable, educational, or humanitarian purposes and not for making money.
Libraries that have licensed JSTOR Archival Collections are referred to as participants.
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.
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.