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1. History and Development of JSTOR: – Founded in 1994 by William G. Bowen to address library challenges – Initially considered CD-ROM distribution before shifting […]

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1. History and Development of JSTOR:
– Founded in 1994 by William G. Bowen to address library challenges
– Initially considered CD-ROM distribution before shifting to network distribution
– Expanded to include journals like the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
– Partnered with the Joint Information Systems Committee in 1999
– Merged with Ithaka Harbors, Inc. in 2009

2. Content and Access of JSTOR:
– Content from over 900 publishers in 75+ disciplines
– Contains over 12 million journal articles
– Data for Research service for corpus analysis
– JSTOR Plant Science for botanical research
– Licensed to academic institutions, libraries, museums, and schools
– Over 7,000 institutions in 150+ countries have access
– Alumni Access Program launched in 2013
– Blocks 150 million non-subscriber attempts annually
– Discussions about potential open access

3. Aaron Swartz Incident and Controversies:
– Bulk-downloaded JSTOR articles in 2010-2011
– Settlement reached for surrendering downloaded data
– Faced federal charges related to data theft
– Faced increased charges with a possible 35-year prison sentence
– Died by suicide in January 2013
– Led to making public domain content free
– Protest torrent led to JSTOR pressing ahead with the initiative
– JSTOR statement regarding misuse incident and criminal case

4. Usage and Features of JSTOR:
– In 2012, users performed nearly 152 million searches
– Used for linguistics research and gender analysis in scholarly publishing
– Metadata available through CrossRef and Unpaywall dump
– Created in 1994 to provide electronic access to academic journals
– Register & Read program for limited no-cost access
– Conducted pilot program with Wikipedia
– Citation management tool

5. Scholarly Contributions and Open Science Advocacy:
– Gauger & Kacena (2006) analyzed JSTOR usage data
– Seeds (2002) studied the impact of JSTOR on print collection use
– Spinella (2007, 2008) discussed JSTOR’s past, present, and future in the digital landscape
– Wilson (2012) highlighted the gender gap in scholarly publishing
– Heather (2018) emphasized the need for #openinfrastructure in #openscience
– Advocates for open science promote transparent and accessible research practices

JSTOR (Wikipedia)

JSTOR (/ˈstɔːr/ JAY-stor; short for Journal Storage) is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources founded in 1994. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now encompasses books and other primary sources as well as current issues of journals in the humanities and social sciences. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals. Most access is by subscription but some of the site is public domain, and open access content is available free of charge.

Type of site
Digital library
Available inEnglish (includes content in other languages)
OwnerIthaka Harbors, Inc.
Created byAndrew W. Mellon Foundation
Founder(s)William G. Bowen
Launched1994; 30 years ago (1994)
Current statusActive
OCLC number46609535
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