JSTOR Open Community Collections

Your library holds valuable primary source materials. You might be sharing them on your website, or through a LibGuide. Are they reaching the scholars who need them for their research and teaching?

Share your content where research begins with JSTOR’s Open Community Collections. By hosting your institution’s special collections on JSTOR, your content will be openly accessible on a platform used by millions of scholars, students, and faculty around the world each year.

Key benefits

A robust platform for research and learning

On the JSTOR platform, your collections will be discoverable in the research workflow alongside related scholarly content, including text-based journals, ebooks, and research reports, as well as a rapidly growing number of Artstor images and other primary source materials.

Your institution’s content will be promoted with a unique landing page for browsing, sub-collection groups, and searching within your collections.

Your content will also benefit from features of the JSTOR platform and interface, including full-text search; citation management tools; filtering and faceting; IIIF-compliant viewer; content download and sharing, in addition to innovative research tools such as Text Analyzer and Workspace. And we’ll provide you with usage statistics.

Global reach and usage

You will join hundreds of participating institutions in making their collections openly accessible on the JSTOR platform—not behind a paywall, institutional credentials, or isolated on an unknown site. You can easily convey terms of use in your metadata and descriptors.

JSTOR’s Open Community Collections are discoverable through EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), OCLC, and ProQuest/Ex Libris, freely providing unique primary sources to thousands of subscribing institutions worldwide.

Discovery of JSTOR’s Open Community Collections is also aided by Google indexing, with 62% of item requests coming from the open web. In the past year, more than 7,800 unique institutions have accessed these collections from over 180 countries.

“Middlebury College was enticed very early on to JSTOR Open Community Collections mostly because we wanted our digital collections to be circulating in JSTOR’s orbit, available wherever our students and faculty were discovering JSTOR’s trustworthy content. Middlebury is primarily an undergraduate teaching college, and our students start their research in our ILS discovery service, EBSCO. Having the local collections we share with JSTOR turn up alongside our library holdings fulfills a promise we make to our students that our ILS—as an alternative to Google—can satisfy their research needs.”

— Rebekah Irwin, Director and Curator, Special Collections & Archives, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont

Seamless integration of content

If you already have collections on a site, choose your method of harvesting and we’ll do the rest. And if you are a JSTOR Forum user, you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes, not days. Forget the hassles and expenses of maintaining outdated technology and infrastructure and leave your worries behind about preservation, discovery, and use.

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