February 8, 2016

JSTOR Launches Register and Read

Not-for-profit digital archive JSTOR debuted its new Register and Read experimental program on March 5. Still in beta testing, Register and Read is one of several initiatives designed to extend JSTOR access to those not affiliated with participating institutions. The program is free to use, though PDF versions of some articles are also available for purchase.

Once they register for a MyJSTOR account, users can access a maximum of three full text articles at a time, each of which must remain “on their shelf” for a minimum of 14 days before it can be swapped out for a new item.

Content available through the program is a subset of the complete JSTOR database. It includes 75 publications from 40 publishers so far, and more titles will be added in future. Journal content runs from the first volume and issue published through three to five years ago. For more, visit Cheryl LaGuardia’s blog post on the program.

The move follows last September’s launch of the Early Journal Content initiative, which made available journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. As LJ reported, this includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, or 6 percent of the content on JSTOR.

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  1. Caitlin says:

    This is great news! Especially in the wake of all this Elsevier nonsense, it’s nice to see there are still some online databases that are willing to provide something closer to open access, (even if they’re not willing to dive in completely yet).