JSTORJSTOR = Journal StorageCreated in 1995Source: http://about.jstor.org/10things
JSTORJSTOR is a not-for-profit, founded to help academic libraries and publishersProvides access to 1,700 journalsSource: http://about.jstor.org/10things
JSTORJSTOR costs money Libraries pay JSTOR for access to journals Individuals can also register for limited accessSource: http://about.jstor.org/10things
SHOULD INFORMATION BE FREE? Open Access Publishers Free & immediate availability Most publishers own the on the public Internet of rights to the articles in their those works which scholars journals. give to the world without Anyone who wants to read expectation of payment the articles must pay to Permit any user to read, access them. download, copy, distribute, Anyone who wants to use the print, search or link to the articles in any way must full text of these articles, obtain permission from the crawl them for indexing… or publisher and is often use them for any other lawful required to pay an additional purpose. fee.Source: Scholarly Publishing & Academic ResourcesCoalition (SPARC) Source: Public Library of Science (PLoS)http://www.arl.org/sparc/openaccess/why -oa.shtml http://www.plos.org/about/open -access/
AARON SWARTZ Aaron Swartz d o w nl o a d e d 4 .8 m i l li o n s f i l e s f r o m J S TO R . He fought against ke e p i n g scholarly m a te r i al b e h i n d p ay walls.Michael Francis McElroy/The New York Times
AARON SWARTZ Charged with hacking into MIT to download millions of JSTOR articles Intention to share on P2P sites? Settled with JSTOR in June 2011 by returning the materials Faced up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines for wire fraud, computer fraud and unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.Source: Schwartz, John. ―Open Access Advocate Is Arrested For Huge Download.‖ New York Times. NYTimes.com. 19 Jul. 2011. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.
AARON SWARTZ―It’s like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking toomany books out of the library.‖ – David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress―Stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or acrowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars.‖ – Carmen Ortiz, US Attorney for the District of MassachusettsSource: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/reddit -co-founder-charged-with-data-theft/
WHY DOES THIS MATTER? You are scholars. You have the right to know how the academic publishing process works. Information is not free. Some journals are open access, but most are not. JSTOR is a powerful tool —and now you know what it is.