Monday, September 12, 2011

Online: JSTOR pre-1923 now freely available


Thanks to Chuck Jones and his Ancient World Online blog for the above link. JSTOR has long been an invaluable resource for those who have access. It is good that some of the content has been opened for the general public. There was a lot of pre-1923 Egyptology so this may well offer a useful resource.

Dear Library and Publisher Colleagues,

I am writing to share exciting news: 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.

We are taking this step as part of our continuous effort to provide the widest possible access to the content on JSTOR while ensuring the long-term preservation of this important material. To date, we have primarily provided access to people through a growing base of libraries and institutions. In 1995, only ten journals were digitized and available to just a few universities. Today, millions of people from more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries have access to journals on JSTOR through their universities, colleges, high schools, businesses, research institutions, museums, historical societies, and public libraries.

This constitutes remarkable progress and impact, but there remain many people who are not affiliated with institutions who want access to the knowledge preserved in JSTOR. We have taken a variety of steps over the years to serve them.


Stuart Tyler said...

Very good to hear this news. I may be one of those who could really benefit from this. I will certainly have a look to see if i can get hold of some excavation notes from Naville, Petrie an others - as a tester.

Stuart Tyler said...

Tried and Tested. Each freely available article has the tag "FREE" next to the name of the article/ document.

You do NOT have to be a member to see these new free files. I am not a member, but am currently reading:

"Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York" 1893

Thanks for posting this Andie/ Chuck.


AliceG said...


Anonymous said...

Im not sure about the rest of the world, but most state libraries in Australia offer free access to JSTOR to its members. Good news none the less!