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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»

January 19, 2017

More content for libraries in 2017

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… Read more»

January 14, 2017

Want to improve Wikipedia? We have your LibGuide

From January 15 to February 3, Wikipedia is encouraging librarians to add reliable references to articles with its #1Lib1Ref campaign. JSTOR is here to help! We’ve created a new 1Lib1Ref LibGuide with easy instructions on how to Find, Evaluate, and Link to citations.

JSTOR is involved in making Wikipedia a more reliable resource for researchers and the public at large. Since 2012, we have provided Wikipedia editors with free access to the JSTOR archival collections. And as mentioned… Read more»

December 30, 2016

Global Plants end-of-year review

It’s been another wonderful year for Global Plants thanks to the hard work and dedication of our partner herbaria around the world! We wrapped up 2016 with 2,878,998 total objects, which includes 231,549 visuals and archive materials. We received content for the first time from over 20 partners!

The Netherlands
Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, formerly Amsterdam University (AMD)

Ukraine
V. N. Karazin National University Herbarium (CWU)
Donetsk Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine… Read more»

October 25, 2016

Open Access eBooks now available on JSTOR

We are now making Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform. An initial set of 63 titles is available from four outstanding publishers: University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, UCL Press, and Cornell University Press. We expect to add several hundred more Open Access titles over the next year.

The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content, are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Each ebook carries one of six Creative… Read more»

October 21, 2016

ITHAKA founder and trustee William G. Bowen dies

The world has lost a uniquely gifted leader and friend. Bill Bowen passed away peacefully at 83 on October 20, 2016. He dedicated his entire professional life to the world of education and was founding chairman of JSTOR and ITHAKA and founding trustee of Artstor. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Learn more about Bill Bowen’s extraordinary life.… Read more»

October 19, 2016

Global Plants at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

We were delighted to see so many partners and presentations about Global Plants at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) meeting in June in Berlin!

Thanks to the generosity of Panama-based Smithsonian Institution Tropical Research Institute and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we were able to provide funds as travel stipends for representatives of Global Plants partner institutions to attend SPNHC. The recipients included:… Read more»

September 15, 2016

New Collection: Plants & Society

We have proposed developing and launching a new content collection titled “Plants & Society.” It will be a multi-format resource center—including primary sources, journals, and books—that builds on JSTOR’s existing resources in Ecology, Botany, and the Plant Sciences to provide an innovative lens for examining the complex relationships of plants with nature, society, and humanity. This collection will focus on the historical, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental implications and uses of plants, and will help researchers and students to position… Read more»

June 1, 2016

Connect with @JSTORPlants

@JSTORPlants on Twitter provides an open channel for discussion with the Global Plants community about all things botanical. Each week we highlight content in Global Plants and promote research and events relevant to the Global Plants partner network. We try to feature and retweet content about our partner institutions, so next time you’re tweeting about an awesome event at your institution, or a paper you publish, let us know! Read more»

May 31, 2016

Books at JSTOR partners with the Theological Book Network

The Theological Book Network and JSTOR have entered into an innovative partnership to offer ebooks from 17 leading scholarly publishers to ten theological seminaries in India, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. The Theological Book Network worked closely with librarians to identify 250 works in theology, biblical studies, church history, and Christian-Muslim engagement to include in this project.

The publishers who contributed are:… Read more»

April 7, 2016

Global Plants at European Botanical Horticultural Libraries Group

We were thrilled to attend the European Botanical & Horticultural Libraries (EBHL) Group annual meeting held at Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh in April of 2016. Many Global Plants partners attended the EBHL meeting: Botanic Garden Meise, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Cambridge University, Chicago Botanic Garden, Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Geneve, Harvard University, Linnean Society of London, Missouri Botanical Garden, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, The New York Botanical Garden,… Read more»

April 5, 2016

Celebrate when history became herstory, too

Did you know that it wasn’t until the 1970s when the first courses in Women’s History were created? Among the scholarly pioneers was Gerda Lerner, a historian who made it her mission to spearhead the first Women’s Studies programs. Thanks to Lerner and other visionaries at the time, we retraced our steps in history to find women’s footprints too, and thus an essential field of study was born.

Visit JSTOR’s scholarly news magazine, JSTOR Daily, to learn about theRead more»

February 7, 2016

Welcoming botany & plant science publishers

Earlier this year we launched our Plants eBook Collection at JSTOR. It includes 242 books from over 50 publishers, including University of California Press, Columbia University Press, Yale University Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press. The collection is divided into five thematic sets:

Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecology Botany Forestry, Ferns & Mosses Garden & Landscape Design Useful Plants (includes Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Gardening, and Horticulture)

The collection is fully customizable so libraries can pick and choose… Read more»

January 28, 2016

Artstor-ITHAKA Community Letter

To our creators, partners, and users:

We are writing to you as a valued member of our community to share the good news that Artstor, the not-for-profit provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now operate under the umbrella of its fellow not-for-profit ITHAKA, the organization that currently operates three other services: JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R. As you may know, Artstor,… Read more»

January 19, 2016

Inside Higher Ed examines growth in JSTOR’s ebook program

The Books at JSTOR program is growing quickly and now offers 40,000 titles from 100 participating publishers. A recent article in Inside Higher Ed attributes the program’s success to the popularity of the JSTOR platform among student and faculty researchers, which helps increase discovery of the ebooks. The article also discusses JSTOR’s DRM-free model, the financial benefits to libraries, the increase in foreign-language content, and more.

Read the full articleRead more»

January 6, 2016

New content: Botanische Staatssammlung München artwork

We are delighted to let you know we have added two new unique collections to Global Plants:

Botanische Staatssammlung München Artwork – Water Colours of Fungi by Fritz Wohlfarth

This collection consists of watercolors of fungi painted by Fritz Wohlfarth (1906–2005). Dr. Fritz Wohlfarth studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany) and obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry. For many years he worked as a field sales representative for a varnish company in Munich. During his tours around Germany and… Read more»

December 18, 2015

New publishers added to Books at JSTOR–and more news

Books at JSTOR has seen tremendous growth over the course of 2015. One hundred leading scholarly publishers now participate in the program, contributing 38,000 titles—including 2,250 published in 2015. Library participation has increased to more than 700 institutions in 40 countries. Read on for additional highlights from this year.

New publishers: JSTOR has partnered with 100 distinguished presses. We are pleased to welcome the publishers that joined in November/December:

Anthem Press
Aspen Institute
Gerlach Press
Intellect… Read more»

December 8, 2015

New tools for interdisciplinary researchers

December 8, 2015—New York, NY and Seattle, WA—The JSTOR Labs team recently partnered with Dr. Jevin West’s team at the University of Washington DataLab to test and develop tools to help researchers introduce themselves to key topics and publications from other fields. The results of their work have been incorporated into JSTOR Sustainability—a new site, currently in beta, that contains a broad range of scholarly articles and research reports dealing with environmental stresses and their impact on… Read more»

December 3, 2015

Annotating all knowledge, JSTOR joins coalition of innovators

JSTOR is part of a newly formed coalition of organizations working to annotate the web. This group of 40+ knowledge platforms, libraries, and publishers is being led by fellow not-for-profit Hypothes.is.

Read more about this effort in Nature and on hypothes.is, which features a series of video interviews that give insight into the community of collaborators and where JSTOR’s own Alex Humphreys discusses the importance of learning by doing as we try to make web annotation a powerful new… Read more»