Pros and Cons of JSTOR Register and Read

Wanted to make sure you see Jennifer Howard’s Chronicle of Higher Education piece, “JSTOR Tests Free, Read-Only Access to Some Articles,” posted last Friday. It describes the new JSTOR program, Register & Read, which “will give researchers read-only access to some journal articles, no payment required. All users have to do is to sign up for a free MyJSTOR account, which will create a virtual shelf on which to store the desired articles…. Users won’t be able to download the articles; they will be able to access only three at a time, and there will be a minimum viewing time frame of 14 days per article, which means that a user can’t consume lots of content in a short period. Depending on the journal and the publisher, users may have an option to pay for and download an article if they choose…. To start, the program will feature articles from 70 journals. Included in the beta phase are American Anthropologist, the American Historical Review, Ecology, Modern Language Review, PMLA, College English, the Journal of Geology, the Journal of Political Economy, Film Quarterly, Representations, and the American Journal of Psychology.”

You might also want to check out Gavia Libraria’s (the Library Loon’s) post, “JSTOR, reader privacy, and slippery slopes,” which presents a flip side perspective of Register & Read. Thanks to Adan for making me aware of this one.

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.