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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»

April 3, 2018

New: Add notes and descriptions to your lists on My JSTOR

You can now do more with your lists on My JSTOR. In addition to saving your research and building outlines, students can now add notes to their citations and instructors can include comments or instructions when sharing a reading list with their class.

With the improved Lists feature, you can create an overall description for every list and add notes to each item. We have also implemented a rich text editorRead more»

March 27, 2018

EDUCAUSE on JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries’ TopicGraph

This week, EDUCAUSE Review explores the collaboration between JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries on the Reimagining the Monograph project, which resulted in the speedy creation of the TopicGraph prototype tool.

EDUCAUSE liked what it saw, writing that the two organizations “hit on a new approach to doing fun, engaging, fast-paced discovery by pulling together the best of design thinking, agile/lean startup processes, and commercial/academic partnership benefits.” The article goes on to describe the new tool,… Read more»

March 21, 2018

Changing the way we talk about metadata

You’ve probably heard that metadata is “data about data.” But that definition grates on Jabin White, ITHAKA’s vice president of content management. While correct, he says that explanation often calls for another.

White instead compares metadata to “an instruction manual for users of content.” He elucidates this concept in a recent article on Metadata 2020, where he also describes the evolution of JSTOR’s metadata strategy.… Read more»

March 9, 2018

197 Turkish institutions join JSTOR

JSTOR and the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM EKUAL) have announced a historic 3-year national agreement. In this arrangement, JSTOR will provide full access to 2,500+ journals and 2,100+ research reports on the JSTOR platform to 197 Turkish higher education and research institutions.

JSTOR collaborates with the academic community to help libraries provide students and faculty with access to vital scholarship. “Our mission to provide broad access to JSTOR is a collaborative effort,” said Laura Brown, JSTOR… Read more»

March 2, 2018

Coming soon: JSTOR Security Studies

This April, JSTOR is launching a new thematic collection gathering academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy issues. JSTOR Security Studies will bring together hard-to-find journals and research reports from around the world–all new to JSTOR–and will serve as a key resource for scholars working in this quickly-growing field.

Built in collaboration with librarians, scholars, and policy researchers, this interdisciplinary resource encompasses a wideRead more»

February 2, 2018

#ColorOurCollections

As we did last year, JSTOR and Artstor are participating in #ColorOurCollections, an online event hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. Using materials from their archives, institutions share free coloring content and invite followers to get creative from February 5 to 9.

This year we’ve created two coloring books with openly available images from the Artstor Digital Library and the JSTOR archive that will be available at <aRead more»

January 26, 2018

Louise Jones joins JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group

Louise Jones, university librarian at Chinese University of Hong Kong, has joined JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group. The group is composed of leading librarians from around the globe and provides JSTOR with guidance on strategic questions and decisions.

Ms. Jones became university librarian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. While there, she has led the development of digital services and technology-rich spaces and openedRead more»

January 22, 2018

Help improve Wikipedia with our new LibGuide

As it has for the past two years, Wikipedia is encouraging librarians to add reliable references to articles from January 15 to February 3 as part of its #1Lib1Ref campaign. And as we did last year, JSTOR is getting involved! We’ve updated our 1Lib1Ref LibGuide with easy instructions on how to find, evaluate, and link to citations.

JSTOR has long worked towards making Wikipedia a more reliable resource for researchers and the public at large. Since 2012, we… Read more»

January 22, 2018

Text Analyzer is now multilingual

Text Analyzer, the tool that allows you to use your own documents to search for articles and books in JSTOR, is now capable of analyzing content in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Using Text Analyzer remains as easy as always – simply upload a document, copy and paste text, or point to a URL. Text Analyzer then determines the native language, analyzes the document to determine its topics, and finds… Read more»

January 5, 2018

JSTOR joins Crossref Ambassadors

Crossref logoJSTOR has long participated as a Crossref affiliate, and now our digital content manager Lauren Lissaris has expanded that relationship by becoming a Crossref Ambassador. Crossref advocates persistent cross-publisher citation linking using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in online academic journals, and its new Crossref Ambassadors program brings together volunteers from the international scholarly research community to improve scholarly communication and promote Crossref’s role in those efforts. Read more»

December 22, 2017

10 things we learned from you in 2017

At ITHAKA, JSTOR’s parent organization, we manage nearly 20 social media accounts to connect with and listen to you. In the grand tradition of year-end lists, here is a roundup of the top ten things we’ve learned from and about you through social media in 2017, in classic countdown fashion:

10. 75% of you access social media sites on mobile devices.

9. You’re an interesting bunch. This is just a tiny sampling of our new followers:… Read more»

December 11, 2017

JSTOR to the rescue

You never know what you might find in JSTOR. No, really! Just ask Isaure Mignotte, the Department of Comparative Literature coordinator at Harvard University. She wrote us that her mother was preparing an exhibition for Camille Piton, a family artist who was once involved with The Art Amateur, a journal published in the 19th century. JSTOR provides access from 1879 to 1891, but her mother needed an issue from July 1892 — specificallyRead more»

December 6, 2017

JSTOR introduces Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)

We are partnering with Google Scholar to introduce more streamlined access to JSTOR. Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) grants students access to an institution’s licensed content off-campus. CASA builds on Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links program; when a researcher visits Google Scholar while on campus, it remembers their affiliation. Then, when away from campus, they’ll continue to have access to licensed JSTOR content that’s searched through Google Scholar.

The implementation of CASA builds upon a number of other initiatives at JSTOR… Read more»

November 10, 2017

Free resources for World Science Day

November 10 is World Science Day for Peace and Development, a UNESCO-proclaimed international holiday that highlights the intersection of science and society and celebrates the important role science plays in peace, development, and sustainability.

Start off your World Science Day celebration with our free LibGuides for your students’ scientific and technological research on JSTOR: Ecology & Botany, Mathematics & Statistics, Global Plants<span… Read more»

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… Read more»