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November 9, 2017

Scholarly Kitchen highlights panel discussion on innovative scholarship

On October 30, Alex Humphreys of JSTOR Labs participated in a Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) regional event focused on innovative methods of scholarship. Joining Jen Grayburn (Temple University) and Kathi Martin (Drexel University) in a panel presentation, Alex discussed how JSTOR is experimenting with design thinking and lean development techniques to build tools that enhance research and teaching. You can find a report on the presentations on Scholarly Kitchen.… Read more»

November 6, 2017

Introducing JSTOR Forum: A new tool for managing and distributing collections

JSTOR and Artstor have long worked with cultural and educational institutions to make digital content more discoverable. Today we are pleased to announce JSTOR Forum—the next generation of our Shared Shelf tool—that will help libraries, museums, and individuals unlock the value of their digital collections and projects by making them more visible and usable than ever before.

Libraries and museums can use JSTOR Forum to upload and manage image and text content, which can be published using a variety of… Read more»

October 31, 2017

JSTOR’s ebook program wins Readers’ Choice Award from The Charleston Advisor

Books at JSTOR was named 2017’s “Most Improved Product” in The Charleston Advisor’s sixteenth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Voters praised the program’s greater breadth of content, DRM-free access model, and Open Access ebook offering.

The Charleston Advisor publishes peer-reviewed appraisals of online resources for libraries, and the Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the best–and in the case of the Lemon/Vaporware Award, the worst–digital services for academia. Other winners this year included Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Best Content) and SAGE Publishing… Read more»

October 30, 2017

Knowledge Unlatched Research releases report on Open Access ebook usage

KU Research has released a study of Open Access ebook usage on JSTOR, commissioned and funded by four publishers: UCL Press, University of Michigan Press, Cornell University Press, and University of California Press. The full report is now available as a PDF download.

Among the findings are that the JSTOR platform accounts for the largest number of referrals to the Open Access ebooks; 34.1% of readers are already on the platform when they access the OA books.… Read more»

October 25, 2017

Brill to offer Open Access ebooks on JSTOR

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, announces that it will make its entire Open Access ebook collection freely available on the JSTOR platform starting in November 2018. The collection currently holds 235 titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences and International Law, particularly in the fields of Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, History, Religious Studies, Classics, and Linguistics. Brill’s Open Access ebooks are published with a CC-BY-NC license and are available in print as hardback and paperback editions.

Like all ebooks on… Read more»

October 24, 2017

Explore open content on JSTOR

Today we’re happy to announce the launch of a new “Open Content” page that enables easier exploration of all the open content on the JSTOR platform. JSTOR currently includes a growing collection of 2,000 open access ebooks, more than 500,000 early journal articles in the public domain, and a range of other journal content made freely available by our partner publishers.

This combined group ofRead more»

October 23, 2017

Celebrating Open Access Week 2017

JSTOR is committed to delivering open access wherever possible through financially sustainable services that respect the rights of others, deliver high quality content through a great user experience, and ensure this knowledge is preserved for future generations.

We currently provide open access to 2,000+ books and 2 current journals (Journal of Information Policy and RSF), with more on the way. We also have several initiatives that expand free access to knowledge around the world:Read more»

October 18, 2017

Recording now available for “The JSTOR thesaurus: improving discovery on the platform”

Have you heard about the JSTOR thesaurus? Launched in 2013, the thesaurus comprises several source thesauri and controlled vocabularies and is being integrated with the JSTOR platform to improve searching and evaluation of content. In early October, Sharon Garewal, Senior Metadata Librarian, conducted a 30-minute introductory webinar to JSTOR’s subject thesaurus and how we’re using it to improve discovery for researchers.

If you missed the live webinar, you can now watch the recording and get the handouts from the… Read more»

September 21, 2017

1,200 open access books from the RAND Corporation added

JSTOR’s open access (OA) content keeps growing! The RAND Corporation has now made 1,200 OA titles freely available to researchers around the world on JSTOR. This brings our total open access ebooks to more than 2,100. You don’t need to register or log in to read or download any of these books, and there are no DRM restrictions on the PDFs.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that publishes high-quality research to inform public policy and decision-making.… Read more»

September 19, 2017

JSTOR Daily receives award from Association of Food Journalists

Sweet! JSTOR Daily received the Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature award from the Association of Food Journalists for Cara Strickland’s “Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis’s Guilty Pleasure?

The Association of Food Journalists is a professional organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism, and this year’s awards recognized excellence in 13 categories of food writing and editing, visuals, and multimedia. OtherRead more»

September 1, 2017

Library Journal and JSTOR hold panel on ebook acquisition

On August 29, Library Journal and JSTOR hosted a panel on the benefits and tradeoffs of Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA). EBA is a purchasing model that allows academic librarians to combine insights from usage data with their deep knowledge of local research and teaching needs to build an ebook collection that serves patrons now and in the future.

Library Journal’s senior technology editor Matt Enis moderated the panel, whichRead more»

August 30, 2017

JSTOR becomes member of ORCID

JSTOR is now one of more than 700 organizations currently working with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID). ORCID is a not-for-profit that provides unique identifying codes to scientific and other academic authors and contributors.… Read more»

August 14, 2017

ITHAKA at the European e-Accessibility Forum

What lessons did we learn in making JSTOR accessible to people with disabilities? And what challenges now lie in making Artstor, a resource steeped in visual art, more thoroughly accessible? This summer, Lauren Trimble, ITHAKA’s User Advocacy & Accessibility Specialist, presented "From Text to Art: Building Accessibility into the JSTOR and Artstor Digital Archives" at the 11th European e-Accessibility Forum. Lauren outlined JSTOR’s process of adopting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to make our archive accessible, and she described the rich possibilities ITHAKA faces as it draws Artstor into a higher level of conformance. Read more»

August 11, 2017

A smart take on smartphones from JSTOR Daily

A recent piece in The Atlantic highlighted the negative social and mental health effects smartphones are having on American teens. Not so fast, says Alexandra Samuel, JSTOR Daily’s tech columnist. Samuel shifts the focus to the effects of smartphone culture on another generation—the parents of those teens.

The story is being cited in the New York Times, Slate, and elsewhere around the web.

Sign up to receive more stories like these–with fully accessible JSTOR research–every week… Read more»

August 3, 2017

Scientific American now available in JSTOR

JSTOR now offers the complete run of Scientific American from 1845 to 2012, with new content to be added each year. Scientific American is included in the JSTOR Life Sciences collection, where it joins more than 150 other esteemed publications. The addition of Scientific American expands JSTOR’s coverage of a broad range of scientific fields, and will additionally benefit interdisciplinary researchers working across the humanities and social sciences. Read more»

August 1, 2017

JSTOR’s new look–
now easier to search and browse

You may have noticed that JSTOR has become easier to use. That’s because we recently rolled out a new visual design that enhances the searching and browsing experience, and clarifies access options. The functionality you’ve come to expect remains the same, and the redesigned interface now features:… Read more»

June 28, 2017

NEH highlights JSTOR’s Arabic-Language Digitization Project

A new article by the National Endowment for the Humanities highlights JSTOR’s Arabic-Language Digitization Project. The author details the recent 2017 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant in support of JSTOR’s plan for the digitization of Arabic-language scholarly journals, explaining the challenges that have faced previous efforts and the urgency of such a project. Read the article on the NEH website.Read more»

June 12, 2017

“Reimagining the Digital Monograph” white paper released

The JSTOR Labs team has released the final version version of “Reimagining the Digital Monograph,” a free white paper that addresses community-driven research and makes recommendations for improving the user experience of digital monographs. The draft version of the paper was released for public comment in December 2016 along with Topicgraph, a prototype visualization tool for a set of open access monographs.

The final version of the paper includes detailedRead more»

June 6, 2017

White paper notes high demand of open access ebooks on JSTOR

white paper released by Cornell University Press reviewing their NEH Humanities Open Book Program notes exceptionally high levels of discovery and usage on JSTOR. The paper states that the 20 titles Cornell University Press is making available on JSTOR saw a total of more than 15,000 chapter downloads in less than six months—more than in all the other platforms in which they make the ebooks available combined.

JSTOR currently partners with 14 leading publishers to make more than 550 openRead more»

June 1, 2017

Digital preservation service Portico welcomes its 1,000th library

Portico, ITHAKA’s digital preservation service, welcomed the University Library of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany as its 1,000th participant this month.

The Library is one of 53 German institutions that joined following an exhaustive evaluation funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), which recommended participation in Portico as part of their national strategy for digital preservation of licensed content.Read more»

May 17, 2017

JSTOR and AAAS further expand access to Science

JSTOR and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are pleased to announce they have renewed their longstanding agreement to preserve and make available over 100 years of Science via the JSTOR platform. JSTOR and AAAS first began working together in 1998 when Science was among the earliest journals converted from print to digital form by JSTOR. For nearly 20 years, JSTOR has hosted issues of Science dating back to 1880 – more than 480,000 pages of content in total, covering everything from electricity to genomics. JSTOR makes the journal available through several of its collections to libraries around the world, where it can be used by students and researchers working across a wide array of disciplines. With this new agreement, JSTOR and the AAAS renew their commitment to ensuring access to this long history of scientific research and to continuing to add new issues of Science to JSTOR each year. Read more»

March 29, 2017

JSTOR receives $50,000 NEH grant

Today, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced funding for 208 humanities projects, including a $50,000 grant to JSTOR to support research on the high-quality digitization and digital preservation of Arabic-language scholarly journals.

JSTOR’s NEH-funded research will include the development of digitization and indexing guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, the digitization of a small test run of Arabic-language scholarly journal issues, and an assessment of the cost, quality, and feasibility of the digitization… Read more»

March 23, 2017

New JSTOR resource and collaboration to advance environmental research

Among the most critical areas of study at academic institutions today is our changing environment and its impact on society. It is also one of the most challenging given its fundamentally transdisciplinary nature and the range of publications, data, and sources needed to conduct research in the field. JSTOR, the not-for-profit digital library, aims to make it easier. Read more»

March 10, 2017

Global Plants growth in 2016

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our partner herbaria around the world, we wrapped up 2016 with more than 255,400 newly published digital objects, bringing the total to 2,879,000 objects available in Global Plants for your research.

We received new content and new specimens from more than 20 first-time contributors like Cairo University Herbarium (Egypt), I.P. Borodin Herbarium of Saint Petersburg S. M. Kirov Forestry Academy (Russia) and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Herbarium (Ukraine).

Our most recently… Read more»

February 15, 2017

Update: Plants & Society

Botanical drawingWe are continuing to make progress on the development of a new collection inspired by Global Plants, which will include a set of journals, books, and over 100,000 primary source objects ranging from nursery catalogues to expedition maps and records of medicinal plants. Whereas Global Plants was developed for plant taxonomists who needed to access the type specimens critical to their work—Plants & Society is intended to serve a broader audience: scholars, researchers and students from a wider range of disciplines across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, including Anthropology, Art & Architecture, Botany & Plant Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Garden History & Design, History of Science, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture. Read more»

February 4, 2017

Knowledge Unlatched and JSTOR to study usage of Open Access books

Berlin/New York, Feb 6, 2017. Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the Open Access initiative supporting monographs in the humanities and social sciences, and JSTOR, the digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources, are partnering to study usage patterns in Open Access by cross-promoting KU titles. While KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN platform, it will expand the hosting of 30 Open Access titles to JSTOR. This set includes titles in History, Literature, Political Science, Anthropology, and Media & Communications—all published by leading scholarly presses and “unlatched” with the support of libraries around the world. Read more»

January 20, 2017

JSTOR Library Digest – Winter 2017

JSTOR by the numbers: more content for libraries in 2016 Our "moving wall" advances in 2017, adding another year of archival journal content to the JSTOR platform. In 2016 alone, we added 91 journals and 435,000+ articles, representing 3.2 million pages and 797 linear feet of shelf space savings. Our ebooks program, Books at JSTOR, expanded with the addition of 10,000+ ebooks and 41 new publishers. To date, the ever-growing JSTOR digital library contains more than 45,000 ebooks, 2,400+ journals, and 10.9 million articles (representing 70 million pages and 17,000 linear feet of shelf space savings). Read more»

January 19, 2017

Can we build a better ebook?

In late 2016, the JSTOR Labs team collaborated with librarians, scholars, and publishers to explore the challenge of improving discovery and user experience of digital monographs. Informed by these ideas, the team created Topicgraph, a prototype visualization tool for a set of open access monographs.

Additionally, a draft of the white paper from the collaboration “Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers” is open for comment until January 31, 2017. We invite you… Read more»