Many researchers and scholars have an affiliation with an educational institution that provides them with needed online article resources, to support their work. But what if a researcher lacks or no longer has such a beneficial affiliation ? What affordable sources of data and information can such a user tap into besides the materials hosted on the open internet ?
While there may be lot out there. A recognized and professionaly curated collection would certainly be a welcome addition for the work of an independent researcher.
This is where JSTOR , a not-for-profit offering more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs and other materials relevant for education, comes to the rescue.
JSTOR has had its "Register & Read" program in place for some time. Register & Read includes approximately 1,200 journals from more than 700 publishers, a subset of the content in JSTOR.It allowed users to read three articles online every two weeks for free. This has been a popular program for various users.
However, as the article , "JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers" , points out, the work of some users necessitates broader access without the time limitations. So recently, JSTOR has addressed these needs with the development of a paid service called JPASS. ( Base fees for JPASS are $19.50 per month, or $199 annually per individual )
"JPASS subscribers have unlimited online-only access to a larger collection of JSTOR journals than Register & Read members, as well as the authorization to download 10 articles per month, saving these articles for future use even if their JPASS subscription expires. Subscribers will also have the ability to save, tag, and export citations, and set up personal alerts for specific search terms or journals."
JSTOR should be recognized and commended for providing for the more limited research needs of many independent researchers. Even as it continues expanding its main business with public libraries, school libraries and those in higher education.