Tuesday, January 24, 2012

JSTOR Limited Free Access for Unmoored Scholars

jstor opens limited free access option non-subscribing scholars | Inside Higher Ed: "The depletion of the traditional professoriate has produced a new demographic of unmoored scholars who might not have “the consistency of access that they want,” says Heidi McGregor, a spokeswoman for JSTOR. The goal of Register & Read would be to better serve that population — as well as others that the organization might not have even known about."

Good news for us "unmoored scholars." The institutions that employ me as an adjunct faculty member don't subscribe to JSTOR.

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Hanna said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm also "unmoored." I have relatively extensive journal access through NRAO, but only when I'm physically on site once/week.

It's still a bit galling that scientists have to pay to read any journal content. After all, we write it and edit it for free, then pay to publish it . . . In the digital age, there are models for doing this better.:-)

Rebecca Clayton said...

Great point, Hanna. So far, most academic presses charge the same three-figure prices for their e-books that they charge for their hard copies, even though they have no printing, warehouse, or shipping expenses with them, and of course, they don't pay authors for manuscripts.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks for posting this. I hadn't heard.

Rebecca Clayton said...

It's "still in beta," but it could be a great development for us unmoored ones.

Hanna said...

Hi Rebecca. I saw this article today and thought of you. I mostly publish in Elsevier journals, but I guess I'm going to have to quit for a while. :-)


Rebecca Clayton said...

Thanks for the link, Hanna!