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Author Name Change Policy
Belonging is one of our core values. We aspire for everyone who works at and with our organization to feel valued and included. This commitment extends to the creators of the journal articles, books, research reports, and other works that we preserve and make accessible through JSTOR.
For those authors who decide to change their name—for any reason—we intend to support them. We developed a draft of a policy that balances our role as archivists of the historical record with our support for authors who want their names to accurately reflect their identity. Read the finalized Author Name Change Policy.
Book Publisher Update
Reminder for the month
|What to expect next|
|At the end of last year, we sent a new amendment that covers new business models. Most publishers have already signed this new amendment, this is just a reminder for those who haven't.||We want our books publishers to understand and get the most out of the elective programs included.|
|Countersigned amendments for all publishers who wish to continue participating in the books program are due by March 31, 2021.||Stay tuned for a webinar in early May on this topic. A separate invite will be sent out in April.|
JSTOR Companion to the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List
JSTOR has made available an open library of articles and book chapters complementing the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List. The books were selected by the Center to celebrate 95 years of collecting and preserving Black history, arts, and culture. The open library amplifies work being done by BIPOC-led organizations to curate essential texts, and includes more than 2,500 journal articles and book chapters from over 130 publishers around the world. Content was made freely available in February and will remain available through the end of 2021.
Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES)
The open library is an example of JSTOR's continued commitment to compiling and opening scholarly materials that support researcher needs. In addition to the release of these articles and book chapters, JSTOR has released over 300 research reports in the fields of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies that are openly available on JSTOR. These reports include content from leading think tanks, including the Brennan Center for Justice, Open Society Foundations, and the Prison Policy Initiative, exploring topics such as race and ethnic bias, discriminatory policing, and hate and extremism in America and Europe.
Journals Programs and Services Update
- Revenue sharing 2020 and beyond: Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar about the updated Revenue Sharing model. If you missed it, you can view the recording. As a reminder, 2020 payments will be sent at the end of this month. We will send out riders for the 2021 model later this spring.
- Member Access program: The password access method will expire at the end of this month, with a few exceptions. We will continue to support other access methods. If you participated in the program last year but haven’t confirmed participation yet, your access will be terminated at the end of this month. The updated rider and follow-up communications will be sent to all participating publishers next month via email.
- Publisher Sales Service (PSS) program: 2020 payment summaries will be sent out in mid-March and payments will follow in the next week.
If you are interested in learning more or participating in our Member Access or PSS programs, contact us at email@example.com.
- Journal Hosting program: For publishers participating in the program in 2021, Q1 2021 fulfillment and hosting fee invoices will be sent in early Q2 2021. As a reminder, please send updates about your transition plans for 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Barbara Chin (Journals Director)
Usage of JSTOR's companion to the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading ListIn our last edition of the JSTOR Publisher Digest we announced a collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on an Open Library of existing JSTOR content based on their Black Liberation Reading List. Initial data from the first four months (Feb-May) demonstrates the reach and impact of making this scholarship freely available:
- 2,724 book chapters and journal articles made freely available
- 141 publishers
- Content was accessed from 151 countries, with the most usage coming from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and China
- For each month items were included in the Open Library, usage increased by an average of 283% compared to the previous year
The content will remain freely available through the end of 2021, and we anticipate usage will be high through the end of the year. We would like to give special thanks to all the publishers who supported this initiative. We are currently pursuing additional open content initiatives and will share further information soon.
JSTOR's revenue update through May 2021
Funding update from Reveal Digital
We are actively seeking opportunities to promote learning and dialogue by bringing previously unheard voices into college and high school classrooms, into our libraries, and into public discourse. We are thrilled to announce that we've received a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Public Knowledge Program to help us raise the voices of incarcerated individuals, a population largely invisible in America and disproportionately made up of people of color.
With the Mellon Foundation's support, we will accelerate and increase the impact of American Prison Newspapers: 1800-2020, a collection that reveals the experience of life as an incarcerated individual, with topics including current events, politics, economics, health care, family life, and the arts, from their own published newspapers.
Updates from Books at JSTOR
Through a recent partnership with ProQuest, participating libraries and institutions on JSTOR can now acquire titles from our collection of more than 100,000 ebooks from 275+ academic publishers through the Rialto and OASIS marketplace. Title-by-title ordering is now available and Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) will follow at a later date. This partnership will allow libraries easier purchasing power for books on the platform, and add potential customers in the future who only operate in these marketplaces.
Building text and data analysis skills has become a primary goal of faculty, and librarians across academic disciplines. Students at all educational levels are increasingly using black-box visualization tools as an entry into analytics. Expanding their knowledge of computer programming and statistics has become easier with Constellate, the innovative text and data analytics platform from JSTOR and Portico.
Constellate is a multifaceted environment for learning and performing text analysis, building datasets, and sharing analytics course materials, helping scholars do more meaningful research. It opens the black box of text analysis: enabling librarians and faculty to teach it, students to learn it, and researchers to make discoveries using content from JSTOR, Portico, and other sources.
Arstor on JSTOR
Artstor's images for education and research are now discoverable on JSTOR. Users at institutions that subscribe to both services can work with more than 2.5 million photographs, artworks, architectural plans, and other visuals. Artstor's open collection of over 750,000 images are now freely accessible to everyone–all rights-cleared for education and research.