Open Access ebooks are available on JSTOR at no cost to libraries or users. More than 5,000 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 70,000+ 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.
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 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:
Libraries that already receive MARC records for Books at JSTOR titles through OCLC Collection Manager have two options:
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.
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.
Librarians who are interested in learning how their patrons are using the Open Access ebooks on JSTOR may request a free usage report. This report shows the titles, disciplines, and publishers that faculty and students at your institution have accessed.
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.
At JSTOR, we make every effort to avoid selling ebooks that are available on an Open Access basis elsewhere. In the rare event that we discover that a book we sell is freely available on another site, we immediately stop selling it, remove it from DDA and EBA profiles, and issue a credit to any library that purchased the book within the previous 60 days. The timeframe for credits is slightly different for ebooks acquired through Evidence-Based Acquisition; we will issue a credit for any titles selected during the May 15-June 15 EBA selection period that subsequently move to Open Access by July 31. We automatically issue the credit and send the library an email notification that includes the title and credit information, and OCLC delivers a delete MARC record for the title.
If the publisher decides to offer the title on an Open Access basis on JSTOR, OCLC will deliver a new MARC record for it in the Open Access collection. We encourage all our participating libraries to make JSTOR’s Open Access ebook collection discoverable to their patrons using the free OCLC MARC records or by activating the collection in their discovery service; please see the instructions listed above. Once you set this up, you will automatically receive updates as new titles are added to the Open Access collection.
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