The Waidner-Spahr Library has purchased access to fifteen JSTOR collections of journals (Arts & Sciences I through XI and XIII, the Life Sciences Collection, the Language & Literature Collection, and the Jewish Studies Archives Collection).
JSTOR has such a strong preservation program, and their online content is of such high quality and so preferable to our users that after consulting with faculty in Fall 2014, the Library established the practice of withdrawing most print duplicate issues once they are available full-text in JSTOR. The Library does retain print copies of specific journals as needed to meet pedagogical and research purposes, upon request of faculty. These journals are listed on this page under Titles Retained in Print.
JSTOR is a shared digital library of academic journals created in 1995 to help libraries to free space on their shelves, save costs, and provide greater levels of access to more content. By digitizing to high standards and supporting long-term preservation, JSTOR aims to help libraries and publishers of scholarly content transition their collections and publishing activities from print to digital operations.
The following information about JSTOR's pricing models and committment to long-term preservation is condensed & adapted from information available on the JSTOR website.
JSTOR is not-for-profit. Fee models are designed to provide the broadest possible access to scholarship while also ensuring that access is reliable and that it will be available for future generations. We pay a one-time “archive capital fee” when we purchase a JSTOR collection, and then pay modest annual access fees. Our library’s payment is based on the size of our institution.
JSTOR creates digital content such that it can be readily converted to newer formats in the future. JSTOR has developed a sophisticated content model and XML metadata scheme into which the structure of the content and its bibliographic metadata are encoded. High quality PDFs are available for articles, including color PDFs (e.g., Bradley: His Book by William H. Bradley, graphic artist). To protect against loss, JSTOR has established three redundant data centers each housing a complete copy of the JSTOR Digital Library. In the extremely unlikely event that JSTOR should cease operations, funds will be transferred to a third-party steward. Third-party digital repositories would be selected for their high technical standards, the ability to foster cooperation among stakeholders while maintaining knowledge of the legal environment, scrupulous digital rights management, a strong commitment to preservation, as well as financial stability.
JSTOR works with institutions knowledgeable in the preservation of paper to store multiple copies of the original print publications underlying the archives so that they are available for re-digitization as well as other unanticipated needs. The California Digital Library and Harvard Depository act as paper repositories for JSTOR. For print and other materials included in JSTOR from rare and special or private collections, originals are preserved by the owning libraries, societies, museums, or other organizations and individuals.
Per the request of faculty members, the following titles will be retained in print:
The following print titles have complete or partial holdings overlap with JSTOR, and multiple digital and print copies are permanently archived through JSTOR's preservation program. Following consultation with faculty in Fall 2014, print duplicates of these titles will not be retained once they are permanently archived and available through JSTOR.