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A Librarian's Guide to JSTOR

Open Access ebooks

Open Access ebooks are available on JSTOR at no cost to libraries or users. More than 3,000 titles are now available from respected presses, such as University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, and the RAND Corporation, and the collection continues to grow.

The Open Access titles are cross-searchable with journals and primary sources on our popular JSTOR platform, increasing their usage and impact. We provide chapter-level discovery, as we do for all 60,000+ ebooks on JSTOR today. All the Open Access titles are preserved in Portico, ensuring that researchers will have access to the content in perpetuity.  Content will remain Open Access if it is triggered through Portico.

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MARC records

Free MARC records for Open Access titles are available via OCLC’s WorldShare Collection Manager. The first step varies depending on your library's current use of OCLC Collection Manager.

Selecting the Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection in OCLC's Collection Manager

Libraries that do not currently use OCLC Collection Manager will need to first request a free account. OCLC offers a quick start guide as well as customer support.

Libraries that aren’t participating in the Books at JSTOR program may search for and manually select the Open Access Collection in OCLC Collection Manager using the following steps:

  1. In the left-hand navigation pane, uncheck the box for My Selected Collections.
  2. Retain the label of Collection in the dropdown.
  3. Enter “Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection” in the search box and click Search.
  4. Click the Select Collection button in the In My Holdings column.
  5. Once the collection is selected, click into it and enable MARC record delivery. OCLC's quick start guide provides directions.
  6. Do not manually select other Books at JSTOR collections. Manual selection of the DDA or All Purchased collections results in inaccurate record deliveries relative to your library’s holdings. For Books at JSTOR participants, these two collections will be selected automatically as appropriate.

Libraries that already receive MARC records for Books at JSTOR titles through OCLC Collection Manager have two options:

  1. Wait for the Books at JSTOR Open Access collection to be automatically selected.
  2. Search for and manually select the Books at JSTOR Open Access Collection in Collection Manager. In this case, receiving records through manual selection is okay, and should be quicker than waiting for automatic selection. (Manually selecting a collection means that the library selects the entire collection, and by definition, the library has access to all titles in the Open Access collection.)

Enabling MARC record delivery

Once the collection is selected, the library will need to enable MARC record delivery for that collection. OCLC's quick start guide provides directions for doing this.

For assistance, please contact us.


Discovery services

JSTOR provides metadata and full text for these titles to ProQuest Summon; Ex Libris Primo and Alma; EBSCO Discovery Service; and OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. These discovery services are adding a target/package for JSTOR Open Access Titles to their knowledge bases so that libraries can easily activate the titles. If you have any questions, contact us.


Terms & Conditions for Open Access ebooks

JSTOR's Terms & Conditions have been updated. Section 3.3 includes a definition of Open Access and section 4.4 states that any Creative Commons license has precedence over JSTOR's Terms & Conditions. Each Open Access title is available under one of six Creative Commons licenses, and the license type is shown at the bottom of each Open Access book and chapter page.


A consistent policy for issuing credits

We are working with publishers and partners to add as much high quality Open Access content as possible. In addition, we are proactively monitoring the OA landscape to try to ensure that we are not selling titles that are available via Open Access on other platforms.

In some cases, titles that were previously available for sale will be converted to an Open Access model. When a publisher receives funding to make a title Open Access within six months of publication on JSTOR, we will issue a credit to any libraries that previously purchased the book. We will automatically issue the credit and send you an email notification with the title and credit information. If a publisher receives Open Access funding more than six months after publication on JSTOR, we will no longer sell the title, but we will not issue credits to libraries that had previously purchased it (as the book was intentionally for sale before OA funding became available). 

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