Data has transformed and personalized experience across all aspects of daily life. But what potential does it have to transform scholarly discovery? In a recent Scholarly Kitchen article, Ithaka S+R’s Roger Schonfeld examines the abundance of scholarly usage data now in existence and the opportunities and risks of exploiting this data to benefit researchers.
Brace yourself for a humble-brag: JSTOR Daily‘s linguistics column, Lingua Obscura, has developed a loyal following. Lingua Obscura, a regular feature in the Daily newsletters, focuses on contemporary language patterns, including internet neologisms—think “stress-eating,” “rage-quitting,” and yes, “humble-bragging.”
Articles from the column have been picked up by the news website Reddit (“Young Women’s Language Patterns“), as well as a few linguistic blogs. This recent post on hip-hop was shared by the “NYT Now” app from the New York Times.
An article in the March 2015 issue of the Review of Economics and Statistics says that at least for economics scholarship between 1995 and 2005, the answer is yes. Authors Mark J. McCabe and Christopher M. Snyder attribute JSTOR’s importance in increasing citations to the cross-section of journals it offers, its comprehensive backfile coverage, and its relatively early genesis as an online journal aggregator.… Read more»
Resources to help you get the word out about JSTOR at your library
Want to share your excitement for JSTOR with patrons and let them know what’s available? Help is on its way! JSTOR has developed a set of resources online that support librarians in promoting licensed content on JSTOR to students, faculty, and other patrons at their libraries.
Part of the shared mission of JSTOR and the Global Plants Initiative is to promote awareness and education in plant sciences, environmental science, and the history of science. For those who are just getting started in their study of plants, the volume of material in Global Plants can be intimidating. It is with this in mind that we created Global Plants in the Classroom as a way to share these materials and expose students to their possible uses. Above all, we want to encourage curiosity and exploration. Read more»
All 25,000 titles offered through Books at JSTOR are now available exclusively in a DRM-free, unlimited-user model. We decided to eliminate our single-user ebook offering late last year and have since worked with publishers to bring more of their books into our unlimited offering. Now, all of JSTOR’s ebooks provide educational institutions and libraries with the following benefits:
- Simultaneous online access for an unlimited number of users
- Unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads that never expire
- Unlimited printing and copy/paste
- No requirement for the user to log in or use special software
- Interlibrary loan for all ebook chapters
Kevin Thiele is a systematist and taxonomist with a particular interest in Australian Proteaceae, Rhamnaceae, Viola and Hibbertia (Dilleniaceae). He is currently working on new Western Australian species and other taxonomic matters in Hibbertia, but notes that as a herbarium curator, there is rarely enough time in the day to complete all that has to get done and manage to do much “real work.” So, he does taxonomic work in between other tasks. For Kevin, this time is almost meditative: “By around 3:30 in the afternoon, to stop myself banging my head on the door or going completely barking mad, I disappear into a quiet corner of the vaults and work on taxonomy for a bit – it’s a wonderful salve for sanity.” Read more»
Are you a Global Plants Partner? Would you like to stay up to date on the Global Plants Initiative (GPI) and the progress JSTOR staff is making on the database? Then you're in the right place. Read more»
Santa Clara, CA and New York, NY — February 9, 2015 — ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways, is announcing jointly with Atypon®, a leading provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, the move of the JSTOR digital library, including its related primary source collections, from Atypon’s Literatum platform to a new technology platform created by… Read more»