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August 15, 2019

New: white paper on digitization of Arabic-language materials

In 2017, JSTOR received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study processes for digitizing Arabic-language scholarly content. Our goal was to develop a workflow for scanning Arabic journals that is cost-efficient, feasible to implement at scale, and able to produce high-quality images, metadata, and fully searchable text.

In a recently released white paper, “Digitizing printed Arabic journals: is a scalable solution possible?,” ITHAKA’s Anne Ray, Senior Licensing Editor, and John Kiplinger, Director of Production,… Read more»

August 5, 2019

An expanded view of MLK in JSTOR Labs’ Interview Archive

To make King in the Wilderness, an HBO documentary about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final three years, documentarian Peter Kunhardt recorded more than 31 hours of interviews with 19 people who witnessed and made history with King, only a tiny fraction of which made it into the film. In response, JSTOR Labs created the Interview Archive, a prototype project that includes all the uncut interviews with Civil Rights leaders such Marian Wright Edelman, John Lewis, and Harry Belafonte.… Read more»

July 19, 2019

Bruce Heterick named Senior VP of Open Collections & Infrastructure

Bruce Heterick, ITHAKA Vice President of Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships, has been named Senior Vice President, Open Collections & Infrastructure.

In his new role, Bruce will lead our efforts to work with libraries and consortia to accelerate the availability and utility of openly accessible collections by enabling them to digitize, upload, catalogue, publish, and preserve their materials on the JSTOR platform. Our goal is to help libraries leverage the community-wide investment in JSTOR by placing their own… Read more»

June 12, 2019

68,000 additional free articles added to Early Journal Content

In September 2011, JSTOR introduced Early Journal Content, 500,000 publicly available articles published in the United States before 1924 and before 1876 in other countries. Following the initial release, as we added journals to JSTOR with issues from that time period, we included the eligible content in EJC, and over time it grew to 595,000 articles.

In May of this year, we expanded the eligibility dates to pre-1924 and pre-1876, and the EJC now includes an additional 68,000 items for… Read more»

June 5, 2019

New on JSTOR: full-screen view

Good news: You can now read articles on JSTOR in full-screen view! Simply click the “View Full Screen” option to make use of the entire browser area.

Once in full-screen mode, you can zoom in and navigate to next and previous pages. Also, users with low vision are now be able to increase the size of the text. And this feature is keyboard navigable, meaning you can use can use the arrow keys to move a zoomed-in page scan.… Read more»

May 13, 2019

Open Access collaboration with El Colegio de México expands

Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, we’ve worked with El Colegio de México to digitize nearly 600 important scholarly books and make them available to everyone on an Open Access basis. These titles have been highly used in the six months since we started adding them to JSTOR: every book has been accessed, and there have been more than 175,000 chapter views and downloads in 180 countries and territories!

We are now working on digitizing approximately… Read more»

March 26, 2019

Career opportunity: Director of Books at JSTOR

ITHAKA is seeking a Director of Books at JSTOR to oversee all aspects of the book program, including building strong relationships with our library and publisher participants, attracting new content to the platform, developing sustainable acquisition models, and ensuring seamless workflows for researchers and librarians.

Books at JSTOR offers digital editions of scholarly books to colleges, universities, and other organizations as part of the JSTOR research and learning platform. Launched in 2012,Read more»

March 11, 2019

Recording now available for “Meeting research challenges in Security Studies”

On a recent webinar for JSTOR, Dr. Sara Moller, Assistant Professor of International Security at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, discussed the special challenges she has encountered in conducting research in security studies.

Dr. Moller was joined by Bob Flatley, Associate Professor Electronic Resources and Periodicals at the Kutztown University Rohrbach Library<span style="font-weight:… Read more»

March 5, 2019

A new way to share sources on JSTOR

JSTOR has introduced a feature that supports collaboration in your research and teaching by allowing you to easily share a list of sources you save in My Workspace.

My Workspace is JSTOR’s citation-management tool. It allows you to save and organize your journal articles and book chapters from JSTOR along with other references found on the web, and now you can share this research with colleagues, students, and friends.

Whether you want to share a single article or… Read more»

November 28, 2018

The JSTOR Understanding series: a new research tool on JSTOR

The JSTOR Understanding series (Beta) is a free research tool from JSTOR Labs that fosters student engagement with classic literature by connecting passages in primary texts with journal articles and book chapters on JSTOR that cite those lines.

Building on the success of the Understanding Shakespeare tool, the Understanding series encompasses several key works of British literature such as Frankenstein and Pride and Prejudice, the King James Bible, as well as all Shakespeare sonnets and plays. These… Read more»

November 13, 2018

An initiative to learn how plants have shaped human societies

Plants offer remarkable opportunities for interdisciplinary research, and Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR are collaborating to launch the Plant Humanities Initiative to foster this work through scholarly programming, the exploration of primary sources, and digital publication via a new scholarly research tool.

Head to the Scientific American blog to learn more about the initiative. There, Yota Batsaki, executive director of Dumbarton Oaks, and Alex Humphreys, director of JSTOR Labs and associate vice president of JSTOR, explore how to confront the considerable… Read more»

November 1, 2018

JSTOR and Apex CoVantage mark 20 years bringing academic research online

Today JSTOR, the global, non-profit digital library of thousands of journals, books, and primary sources, and Apex CoVantage (Apex), the innovative digitization and publishing solutions leader, mark the 20-year anniversary of their relationship. The organizations have pioneered the high-quality conversion of academic publications from analog to digital form, breathing new life into millions of pages of scholarly research dating back to the 1600s.

JSTOR was founded in the mid-1990s, initially as a grant-funded project from the Andrew W. Mellon… Read more»

October 30, 2018

Easier access to research tools on JSTOR

In addition essential academic content, JSTOR also includes a growing set of tools that can help researchers explore and use the content in novel ways. Now these resources are easily discoverable from a new “Tools” menu that appears on the top of every page on JSTOR.

The two resources currently available from this new menu are the award-winning Text Analyzer, a new way to search, and Data for Research, a service that enables researchers to define… Read more»

October 3, 2018

Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR to launch Plant Humanities Initiative

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides support for digital tool and research and scholarly programming

Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute of Harvard University, and JSTOR, the digital library for research and teaching that is part of the non-profit ITHAKA, are launching, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Plant Humanities Initiative: a digital tool with related research and scholarly programming to advance the field of Plant Humanities. To this end, the Foundation has awarded JSTOR a… Read more»

September 19, 2018

JSTOR makes its Research Basics course easier to access

JSTOR has made its popular Research Basics course easier and simpler to access. Research Basics, a free and open online course designed to help early college and college-bound students learn academic research skills, was originally available as a Moodle course that required registration; it has now been moved to the LibGuides platform and the registration requirement removed.

Research Basics is not specific to JSTOR, but covers a range of key research skills broadly applicable to academic research.… Read more»

August 8, 2018

Researching Baseball’s Cultural History Reinvented

Baseball has been a mainstay of American culture since the 1800s. Not only do millions watch games, myriad fans pore through player statistics, collect baseball cards, and immerse themselves in the game. And then there are those who make baseball their life’s work, delving into the sport’s history and its cultural and socio-economic impacts. Baseball historians do their work by heading into print and digital archives and sifting through materials, hoping to discover stories that have not yetRead more»

July 30, 2018

Blurring Shakespeare with help from JSTOR Labs

Derek Miller’s project To Quote or Not to Quote features all of the Bard’s plays, but actors won’t be using it to memorize their lines. The professor of theater history at Harvard University has created a clear–yet blurry–visualization of how we cite the works of William Shakespeare. Using an API built by JSTOR Labs to calculate the number of times every line from every play has been cited in JSTOR, Miller makes the text look fuzzier the less often… Read more»

July 23, 2018

Celebrating 20 years of partnership between Jisc and JSTOR

Forty academic, library, and publishing leaders from across the UK and U.S. gathered at Pembroke College on July 3, 2018 to commemorate a two-decades-long relationship between Jisc and JSTOR, two organizations jointly committed to using technology to advance research and education.

JSTOR is well-known to Pembroke faculty and students as a high-quality digital resource, while Jisc provides many technology-related services to Oxford and across the UK higher education sector, including the Janet network and digital content.

In 1998, JSTOR… Read more»

July 12, 2018

Live-stream: “Inside Baseball” with Library of Congress Labs and JSTOR Labs

This July 13 starting at 10:15 AM, Library of Congress Labs will live-stream “Inside Baseball Labs Showcase,” featuring a demonstration of the week’s collaboration with JSTOR Labs.

In addition to presentations from JSTOR Labs and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the LC Labs team will unveil a new baseball data set with which researchers and enthusiasts can create new tools on their own. The showcase will culminate with a conversation on baseball and American… Read more»

July 9, 2018

JSTOR Labs collaborates with Library of Congress Labs on “Inside Baseball”

This July 9-12, Library of Congress Labs is hosting “Inside Baseball,” a collaborative flash build with JSTOR Labs of new digital tools to explore the Library’s baseball-related collections data, building resources, and visualizations.

“Inside Baseball” will also work to connect collections across institutions through a partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, incorporating their baseball holdings into the flash build’s data set.

“We are so excited to join forces with JSTOR Labs… Read more»

June 27, 2018

Artstor images in JSTOR

JSTOR users at institutions that also subscribe to Artstor may encounter a colorful surprise: some search results on JSTOR are now displaying image results from the Artstor Digital Library.

This feature is in pilot stage. Currently, some 840,000 images are available in the JSTOR image search, and the number will grow as we obtain the rights to display more. Image search on JSTOR is not intended to replace search onRead more»

June 20, 2018

Text Analyzer wins SSP Previews Session People’s Choice Award

JSTOR received the first-ever People’s Choice Award for Text Analyzer during the SSP Previews Session at the Society for Scholarly Publishing‘s 40th annual meeting held May 30-June 1 in Chicago, IL.

In a plenary featuring 13 presentations about the industry’s newest and most innovative products, platforms, and content, attendees voted for Text Analyzer as most likely to have the most positive impact in scholarly communications.

JSTOR Labs Director Alex Humphreys demonstratedRead more»

May 17, 2018

JSTOR Daily: new look, same scholarly rigor

JSTOR Daily, our scholarship-backed magazine, has a new look. The new site was designed to make it easier for you to explore, discover, and read articles.

JSTOR Daily continues to publish articles based on peer-reviewed, fact-based, careful thinking and writing that help us understand what’s going on in the world today. As always, the underlying scholarship cited and linked in our stories is open and accessible to all readers. And with the new design,  it is now easier… Read more»

April 13, 2018

Mellon grant supports digitization and open access of Latin American scholarship

En español
More than 600 out-of-print scholarly books published by El Colegio de México will be digitized and made available in open access form by JSTOR, thanks to a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant has been offered as part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation to make important scholarly books available widely to students and researchers.… Read more»

April 13, 2018

Una subvención de The Mellon Foundation financia la digitalización y el acceso abierto a publicaciones académicas latinoamericanas

In English

JSTOR digitalizará y dará acceso abierto a más de 600 libros académicos publicados por El Colegio de México que están fuera de circulación, gracias a una subvención otorgada por The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. La subvención ha sido otorgada como parte del Humanities Open Book Program (Programa de Libro Abierto para las Humanidades), un proyecto conjunto entre the National Endowment for the Humanities y The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, cuya finalidad es… Read more»

April 11, 2018

Now available: JSTOR Security Studies

Our newest Thematic Collection is live: JSTOR Security Studies, featuring academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy issues.

The resource was built in collaboration with academics and librarians in the security studies community and brings together perspectives from around the world. When completed, it will feature 75 journals – all new to JSTOR – and up to 20,000 reports and policy briefs from over 100 institutes.… Read more»

April 5, 2018

Celebrate National Poetry Month with JSTOR

Since 1996, schools and libraries have been celebrating poetry every April with National Poetry Month. We’ve gathered some resources to help you join the celebration.

We created a set of printable flyers that highlight poetry topics in depth. Each flyer has tear-off tabs along the bottom that include citations for poems and articles on JSTOR. Print the files, snip the tabs, and post them in your classroom and library.… Read more»