JSTOR is an online repository of the full texts of 900 scholarly journals. It is available to students and faculty of participating libraries, and is thoroughly indexed at google.com. Worldwide the majority of colleges and university students and faculty in most countries have access.
It was originated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1997 with the goal of reducing the long-terms costs of journal storage. JSTOR's main function changed to a provider of online access to leading scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and (to a lesser extent), the sciences. Instead of discarding back runs of journals, libraries put them in storage.
It has attracted more than 450 publishers and 900 academic journals to its digital archive. More than 3,600 institutions (mostly colleges and universities) subscribe to the archive's 14 multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections. In 2007 the journal Science announced its withdrawal. For access to issues after 2002. the 1600 libraries affected will have to pay a separate fee to Science.
In 2007 JSTOR had 1944 international members (mostly universities) in 120 countries, along with 2001 libraries in the U.S.
JSTOR's fees vary depending on which collections a library selects. Fees for the bundle of health-and-sciences journals, (including Science), are between $750 and $8,000 a year, plus a one-time joining fee of $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of the institution. Its revenues in 2005 were $25 million.
JSTOR policy is to provide a "moving wall" so that the last few years of a journal are not online. This is done to secure the support of journal editors who fear the loss of private subscriptions.
- Currently Available Collections and Journals
- list of international member libraries
- U.S. member libraries
- Peter Monaghan, "Librarians Protest Science's Departure From JSTOR, Fearing a Trend" Chronicle of Higher Education, (Oct 11, 2007)