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JStor Opens Free Access to Early Journal Content

September 12, 2011

First, briefly, my apologies for limited blogging lately, and I know I am now behind on the acquisitions list for the UGA library – I have it penciled in for next week!  Lots going on around here.

Since I blogged about the Aaron Swarz/MIT/Jstor downloading foofaraw here, I was very interested to see the announcement by Jstor last week that they are making out-of-copyright works they host available to all.  They explicitly address the Swarz incident in the news release, noting that this project was underway before that occurrence.

What does it mean for access?

…today, we are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.

Further, they are exploring various models for individuals unaffiliated with Jstor-subscribing institutions to get access to other content via Jstor as a bundle (as opposed to a per-article fee).  Since this probably requires a lot of individual negotiations with publishers, it may take some time, but it’s a step forward.  Go Team Jstor.

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