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May 17, 2022

The Big Ten Academic Alliance announces support for Reveal Digital

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has made a group commitment to support the new Reveal Digital publishing program Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements. All 15 member libraries are participating in this agreement, which totals more than $500,000.

Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements is a three-year program that will bring libraries and archives together to develop, fund and digitize primary source collections on the histories of civil rights activism by the everyday citizens… Read more»

April 27, 2022

Reveal Digital announces new publishing program: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements

Reveal Digital is committed to making underrepresented perspectives from historical events visible to researchers everywhere. In partnership with libraries and archives, we have been uncovering these important primary sources, enabling innovative scholarship and a more complex understanding of the past.

Today, we are pleased to announce Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movements, a new program to digitize the histories of civil rights activism by the everyday citizens of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.… Read more»

April 6, 2022

Serving our community in difficult times
A letter from Kevin Guthrie

ITHAKA’s mission is to expand and enhance access to knowledge and education for people all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, our aim is for our policies and decisions to maximize impact, not revenue or profit. At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, we promised that fees would not increase for JSTOR participants through 2023. We also introduced a year-long program that provided participating academic institutions with access to all Archive Collections at no additional cost. Since then,… Read more»

March 31, 2022

Lean Library partners with JSTOR to enhance discoverability of academic content

Lean Library, a Technology from SAGE company that delivers library services directly into the patron’s workflow, is collaborating with JSTOR. Together, they will provide libraries the ability to deliver Open Access and licensed content on JSTOR to patrons at their point of need, alongside search results on Google or Google Scholar.

The collaboration will begin by integrating JSTOR with the Lean Library browser extension, offering libraries the ability to deploy relevant content from their holdings alongside patron search results. The… Read more»

March 21, 2022

A look at 10 years of Books at JSTOR

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of ebooks on JSTOR, ITHAKA AVP of Published Content John Lenahan describes in Against the Grain the evolution of the program and how we have collaborated with the community to develop innovative, cost-effective models to increase access to academic books.

The article provides background on our collective efforts to increase access to monographs, discusses models to support the publishing of Open Access content, and shares our perspective on ensuring long-term… Read more»

February 28, 2022

JSTOR partners with TypeCite to make citations easy

JSTOR has partnered with TypeCite, a free citation tool that specializes in APA, MLA, and Harvard formats, to provide JSTOR users with metadata (title of journal, edition, number, pagination details, contributor details, etc.) when generating citations to academic journals.

TypeCite will analyze our metadata to generate the most accurate and complete citations for our users, saving them time and effort so they can focus on the tasks of writing and research. We hope you will find this free resource… Read more»

November 5, 2021

Open Community Collections pass the 700 mark

This month, the Open Community Collections initiative marks a new milestone with more than 700 contributed collections. With this achievement, we have announced the extension of the Charter period for all Community Collections participating institutions until December 31, 2022.

Spark unexpected discoveries

705 collections from 179 contributors (and growing). Thanks to our partners at universities, libraries, museums, and other institutions, the top ten most used collections cover quite a lot of ground, spanning a wide variety of… Read more»

October 25, 2021

MSU Libraries helps Reveal Digital’s upcoming collection to become OA

Since 2013, Michigan State University Libraries has been a remarkable partner for Reveal Digital, one of the first libraries to provide seed money for what was then a new, experimental publishing model for Open Access primary source collections. The Murray & Hong Special Collections Library provided thousands of pages of content from their renowned American Radicalism Collection for Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices collection, contributing source material for some of its most important magazines and newspapers, including <a… Read more»

October 8, 2021

$1.5 million Mellon grant to make JSTOR accessible to incarcerated students

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded ITHAKA a new $1.5 million grant to provide incarcerated college students with access to JSTOR, a digital library of journals, books, and other materials. Our aim is for every incarcerated college student in the United States to have access to JSTOR, along with the research skills to use this and other digital resources.

One of the most significant educational challenges that incarcerated college students face is easy, reliable access to high-quality library resources… Read more»

October 7, 2021

New on JSTOR Workspace: Export to PDF

In our research, we learned that faculty often manually create handouts with content links to upload to their LMS. As part of our efforts to improve teaching with texts and images, we have made it easy to export the content on your JSTOR Workspace or in one of its folders as PDFs.

On your Workspace or folder, simply click on the “Export” option.

Your PDF handout will include… Read more»

October 4, 2021

JSTOR Labs launches free, open source tool to create rich, compelling essays

Our JSTOR Labs team recently announced the launch of Juncture, a free, open source tool to support the creation of visual essays using technologies that are broadly accessible. The tool was developed in connection with the Plant Humanities Lab, a resource created by JSTOR Labs and Dumbarton Oaks.

As an authoring tool, Juncture makes it easier for digital humanists to do their work, and also opens the door to beginners. Using the Markdown language, which can be… Read more»

September 14, 2021

Sign up for an EBSCO Discovery Service webinar

Join us for a webinar discussing configuration options in EBSCO Discovery Service to ensure that your JSTOR content is discoverable and your settings showcase your preferences for full-text link display.

Using EBSCOadmin, you will learn about the powerful tools available for library administrators to customize the experience and provide users with the best full-text link for your collections.

We will cover:… Read more»

August 25, 2021

A glimpse of our world in 500+ Community Collections

This month, we have reached (and have grown past) the 500 Community Collection milestone, with 591 collections from 162 contributors. For over two years, this initiative has allowed JSTOR to partner with universities, museums, and other institutions around the world to expand the reach of their special collections. These rare primary source materials, covering nearly every discipline, content type, and topic, are openly available to the millions of researchers who begin their research on JSTOR.

To celebrate and encapsulate… Read more»

July 19, 2021

JSTOR at SAA virtual conference

In August, JSTOR will be taking part in the Society of American Archivists (SAA) virtual conference to share recent initiatives and developments, including updates on the Open Community Collections.

We recognize and commend the work of archivists as our partners in uncovering and preserving essential primary source materials for generations of researchers to come, most recently through our Open Community Collections initiative, which makes freely available rare primary source materials from the special holdings of more… Read more»

June 22, 2021

465,000+ open images from the Metropolitan Museum now on JSTOR

Fon. Elephant figure. 19th c. Image and data from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

More than 465,000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York are now freely available on JSTOR. The Museum has made all images of public domain works in its collection available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which means that all JSTOR users are free to download, share, and remix them without restriction.

The release is part of the ongoing integration of… Read more»

June 14, 2021

Add 450+ Open Community Collections to your research mix

After more than a year collaborating with institutions around the globe, JSTOR’s Open Community Collections initiative now hosts over 450 collections. These contributions are digitized from the special holdings of more than 135 libraries, museums, universities, and other archives, bringing rare primary source items into the research workflow, alongside related essential scholarship.

These freely available collections cover nearly every discipline, documenting the history of universities, territories, companies, and notable figures, while chronicling important events and movements throughout the ages. Other… Read more»

June 9, 2021

Open Access pilot for Latin American monographs expands

LARRP, CLACSO, JSTOR, and García Cambeiro ebook project now includes over 280 titles

A partnership led by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) in collaboration with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), JSTOR, and Latin American bookseller García Cambeiro has expanded a sustainable Open Access pilot (Publish as Open) for monographs developed and supported by the library community. This is the second phase of a project to expand Latin American OA ebooks accessible through Books at JSTOR… Read more»

June 7, 2021

Reveal Digital: Helping underrepresented voices be heard

Reveal Digital develops Open Access primary source collections, with content curated and sourced from a wide array of libraries, museums, historical societies, and individual collectors, and funds pooled from library partners through a crowd-publishing model. These collections bring together fragmented documentary material from under-represented 20th century voices of dissent. Items showcased below are highlights from recently launched collections.

Collection spotlight American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices from the Inside

Launched last year, Reveal Digital’s American Prison NewspapersRead more»

June 4, 2021

JSTOR policy to support author name changes

At ITHAKA, JSTOR’s parent organization, belonging is one of our core values. We aspire for everyone who works at and with us to feel valued and included. This commitment extends to the creators of the journal articles, books, research reports, and other works that we preserve and make accessible at JSTOR.

Accordingly, we are offering support to those authors who decide to change their name—for any reason. We know that many of our publishing partners share our commitment to belonging… Read more»

June 3, 2021

Integrated research on public health with JSTOR

Child receiving vaccine at fixed site facility Zambia. John & Penny Hubley. Credit: Wellcome Collection; wellcomecollection.org CC BY 4.0.

As vaccines continue to dominate our attention–from struggles with misinformation to equity problems–the subject of public health cuts across disciplines, including science, economics, law, education, sociology, psychology, and public policy. JSTOR offers a wide variety of types of content on one platform to make your research on the topic richer and deeper.

This year, Artstor’s 2+ million high-quality images… Read more»

May 18, 2021

Expanded access to JSTOR extended and Artstor fees reduced

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 we instituted a temporary set of no-fee expanded access programs for participating institutions; as the crisis continued, we extended this access through June 2021. The programs clearly met a need, and millions of people are using this material today. Given our mission to provide access to knowledge and education to as many people as possible, we are challenging ourselves now to find a way to… Read more»

April 22, 2021

Celebrating School Library Month

Students and a woman reading in the Joseph Krauskopf Memorial Library (built 1924) on the campus of Delaware Valley College (now Delaware Valley University). This item is being shared by Delaware Valley University as part of the Campus Buildings and Grounds, a JSTOR Open Community Collection.

Since 1983, April has been observed as School Library Month, designated by American Association of School Librarians. As the month comes to a close, JSTOR would like to… Read more»

April 13, 2021

JSTOR awarded 100% score for accessibility statement

ASPIRE, the first verification service for accessibility statements in the publishing industry, has awarded JSTOR a perfect 100% score. JSTOR is now ranked as one of the top resources in ASPIRE’s audit of more than 50 digital platforms.

ASPIRE was launched in 2018 to encourage platforms and publishers to provide clear information about their accessibility features. In their 2021 assessment, they write, “The JSTOR accessibility statement is a fantastic example of the art of creating a user-focused… Read more»

April 7, 2021

JSTOR ebooks now available in the Rialto™ and OASIS® Marketplaces

Librarians can now acquire titles from JSTOR’s collection of more than 100,000 ebooks from 275+ academic publishers through the Rialto and OASIS marketplaces. JSTOR’s unlimited, digital rights management (DRM)-free access model and integration with journals and primary sources creates an easy and familiar user experience for researchers around the world.

Title-by-title ordering is now available for JSTOR ebooks on Rialto and OASIS, and JSTOR’s tiered savings are available to libraries through both marketplaces. Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) for JSTOR… Read more»

April 5, 2021

Canadiana joins JSTOR’s Open Community Collections

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a national consortium serving the 75 universities in Canada, has begun freely sharing more than 10,000 items of a growing collection of digitized documentary heritage in JSTOR’s Open Community Collections.

When completed, the collection on JSTOR will feature historical pre-1900 colonial, provincial, and federal government documents, including pre-Confederation official government publications produced by colonial legislatures, federal government documents published between 1867 and 1900, pre-1900 official guides for prospective immigrants to Canada, as… Read more»

February 24, 2021

Open Community Collections marks over 100 contributors

JSTOR’s Open Community Collection initiative has surpassed the 350 collection mark and is steadily growing, with more than 100 current contributing partners at libraries, museums, universities, and other institutions around the world.

We’ve gathered highlights of some of the trends we’re seeing emerge from the contributions:

Illuminated manuscripts

Functioning as devotional objects, religious texts, and luxury goods, illuminated manuscripts play a key role in our understanding of religion and theRead more»