JSTOR Opens Up Its Archive, Kinda Sorta

    January 11, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Anyone in academia or who has had a brush with academia knows about JSTOR, the nearly two-decades old digital library of academic journals. God knows this longtime student is quite familiar with it. It’s notoriously closed off and expensive for those in academia to access, but its launching a new program to try to fix that. A little.

JSTOR is opening up their Register & Read program to the public after nearly a year-long pilot program which saw 150,000 participants.

Register & Read allows anyone (truly anyone) to gain access to JSTOR’s archive – but in a limited fashion. Subscribers are allowed to read up to three articles every two weeks for free. Note I said read, not download or copy.

As of today, the Register & Read program contains approximately 1,200 journals from over 700 publishers. “his includes content from the first volume and issue published for these journals through a recent year (generally 3-5 years ago),” says JSTOR

“Register & Read Beta…offers free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account. Register & Read follows the release of the Early Journal Content as the next step in our efforts to find sustainable ways to extend access to JSTOR, specifically to those not affiliated with participating institutions.”

You’ll have to give up some personal info to signup for Register & Read (the ‘register’ part), including institutional affiliations and fields of study – data the publishers could find tasty.

“The fact that we’re able to gather data and help to understand who might be using the content and where interest might be can help [publishers] identify opportunities for building subscribers or membership or reaching new authors,” said Heidi McGregor, VP of marketing for the nonprofit that runs JSTOR told Inside Higher Ed.

[Inside Higher Ed via The Verge]
  • stan leeds

    No mention of the JSTOR Alumni Program (free access) or their Early Content program that provides free access to more than 500,000 full text articles to anyone who registers?

    Discovered via:

    Btw, this post mentions other sources for free material.

  • John

    Considering that somebody killed themselves possibly partly because jstor wasn’t free, i’d say it’s about time.

    Aaron Swartz, the guy that downloaded lots of jstor articles and got charged, committed suicide.

  • http://interimtom.blogspot.com/ tom (@crowdedfalafel)

    “Subscribers are allowed to read up to three articles every two weeks for free.” – Wouldn’t want curious minds to learn too much for free.

  • http://JSTORARCHIVES bruce ireland

    I am an educator at Claremont, California 91711
    I would like to access JSTOR. Signing up for your offer of reading PDF would be appreciated ! bmi