Antique Papers Now Freely Available on JSTOR

Well, it’s a start. Via MetaFilter: Early JSTOR publications now free. In the comments, MeFite marble says that there may be a way to obtain cheap access to JSTOR via public libraries; probably worth investigating.

A related recent MetaFilter post: The Lairds of Learning. In the comments, MeFite phalene states:

“… losing the free, degree attached connection to the journal banks is the thing I’ll miss most about finishing being a student.”

I can sympathize! The juice has been cut off.

In the same post, MeFite ovvl links to this interesting article: The Library: Three Jeremiads. In this tryptich of peeves, Robert Darnton writes:

While prices continued to spiral upward, professors became entrapped in another kind of vicious circle, unaware of the unintended consequences. Reduced to essentials, it goes like this: we academics devote ourselves to research; we write up the results as articles for journals; we referee the articles in the process of peer reviewing; we serve on the editorial boards of the journals; we also serve as editors (all of this unpaid, of course); and then we buy back our own work at ruinous prices in the form of journal subscriptions—not that we pay for it ourselves, of course; we expect our library to pay for it, and therefore we have no knowledge of our complicity in a disastrous system.

I have mentioned JSTOR earlier here and here.

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