Designed for those without institutional access to the JSTOR archival collections, JPASS is ideal for members working outside the academy.
The American Historical Association, in collaboration with JSTOR, is pleased to offer members a special, discounted fee for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals.
The Register & Read program allows users who don’t have access to JSTOR to register and gain read-only access to limited archival content. Hence the name, “Register & Read.” In this beta release of Register & Read, 75 journals, including the American Historical Review, will have some content available.
The AHA is pleased to participate in this program (as well as JSTOR’s Early Journal Content access), as we seek new ways to broaden historians’ access to JSTOR and other digital resources.
What becomes of the book online, if it effectively becomes more like a journal—searchable and perhaps even purchasable at the chapter level? That was a question implicit in two meetings on the state of scholarly publishing over the past week: Oxford Journals Day and the Ithaka Sustainable Scholarship Conference.
Casper Grathwohl, a vice president at Oxford University Press, described efforts to make the contents of books more discoverable by narrow and targeted searches. Obviously, that is possible now at a variety of sites, such as Google Book Search, which tends to treat the entire work as an extensive and searchable block of text.
Attending the American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting in Boston from January 6-9? Come and talk to us! JSTOR would like to know your thoughts about the quality of our collections and our future directions. Are there journals you would like to see in JSTOR? Have you wondered how JSTOR selects publications for digitization?
In this edition of What We’re Reading, two historians have been named recipients of the 2008 Kluge Prize, and will split the $1 million award. In other news, JSTOR announces that new content has been added to Aluka collections. From the blogosphere, read about how not to apply to grad school, and take a peek into some “delightful ephemera” from the Washington State Library. Finally, we point to two articles from the New York Times, covering the varied topics of the housing bubble and the American Revolution, and World War I deserters.
On Monday it was announced that JSTOR (an interdisciplinary digital archive) and Aluka (a digital library of resources from and about Africa) are joining up to combine their resources and mission. Specifically they will pursue “a common vision of providing access to scholarly resources in Africa and developing a multi-national archive of materials from the Global South and North.” Both Aluka and JSTOR are currently free to academic and not-for-profit institutions in Africa, and they plan to continue to increase access both in Africa and in other parts of the developing world.
Some recent observations in the blogosphere about the “conservative” nature of our disciplinary research practices, and an invitation to speak at the JSTOR publisher’s workshop last week, got me thinking about just how far we have traveled over the past 20 years.
As a point of comparison, I think it helps to cast our minds back to the digital dark ages of 1989. Back during my first try at graduate studies, a forward-thinking faculty member dragged my class into the library to learn a little about online databases.