(Slightly More) Open Access

JPASS_Primary_LogoAs announced in the March issues of AIC News, AIC members have the opportunity for discounted access to articles in JSTOR via JPASS. Why does this matter? If you are a preservation or conservation professional with no institutional access to JSTOR you now have an opportunity to access this database for a reduced yearly fee.

As part of your AIC membership, we are able to offer you the 1-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections. For those with a short-term project or research need, there is also an option to purchase one month of access for $19.50.

To use your member discount and sign up for JPASS, follow the “Learn more” link on the AIC Online Resources page at www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/online. This member-restricted page about JPASS has a link that will admit you to the JPASS purchase website for AIC members.

To use your member discount and sign up for JPASS, follow the “Learn more” link on the AIC Online Resources page at www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/online. This member-restricted page about JPASS has a link that will admit you to the JPASS purchase website for AIC members.

While not all JSTOR content is available through JPASS, Pres/Cons professionals can find a lot of information here. Some journals indexed in JPASS include:

  • American Anthropologist
  • American Antiquity
  • American Archivist
  • American Libraries
  • Archaeology
  • Journal of Museum Education
  • Midwestern Archivist

Obviously this is a very small sampling of the titles available. JAIC isn’t yet amongst the JPASS collection that I could tell, but maybe it will be added in the future.  Don’t forget, you may be able to get journal articles via your local public library or public university’s library through their interlibrary loan service.

Open Access to our professional literature and research will be the next frontier that we need to cross as a group. While not quite true Open Access to JAIC, it is a step forward for access to allied professional journals and we applaud AIC for making this access more affordable for its members.


8 Responses

  1. Hi Beth,
    Thanks for highlighting this. I agree that the price reduction for JPASS is a nice addition to the range of benefits AIC membership confers. Its also worth checking to see if your alumni association offers access to JSTOR – mine does through the college’s alumni portal on its website.

    And, JSTOR isn’t the only way to access JAIC online, where it appears behind a 3 year moving wall. AIC members can access the full archive of JAIC articles, including those which have been fast tracked for forthcoming editions, on the publisher Maney’s website and IngentaConnect. Access instructions are on the AIC website: http://www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/periodicals/jaic/online-archive#.Uxm5cNxdjnY JAIC volumes up to 2005 are freely available on CoOL. Again, not truly Open Access, but a good step towards making our field’s literature more widely available than it had been.

    • Thanks Nancie. Yes, there are many ways to gain access to JAIC. It is worth emphasizing that this JPASS discount and the Maney access is for AIC members. I would hope that at some point our membership can discuss true Open Access options for JAIC.

      Do you know why JAIC has a three year embargo rather than Maney’s regular two-year embargo for humanities publications?

  2. Unless AIC can provide evidence that they agreed to other publishing terms, I would expect JAIC articles to have a 24 month embargo as defined by their website for humanities-based publications. It would be nice if someone in AIC could clarify this for its members.

    • I can forward this to Bonnie Naugle (AIC publications manager) and Michele Derrick (JAIC editor in chief) for their comment, as they are the “someones” who would be able to clarify. I may have characterized the terms incorrectly, by looking solely at JSTOR’s holdings.

      • Oh, and I should also point out that I was speaking as a member – I’m no longer on the AIC board or the Publications Committee.

  3. Hi Beth and Nancie,
    When we made our agreement with Maney, we asked that they honor our existing 3-year embargo to continue to provide AIC members with their member benefit. I believe their standard request is five years. It is also an option for authors to request their article be available for open access, but it does require a fee to be paid. This can be written into grant applications, especially as some government-funded research requires open access publication.

    The embargo period (from the link above) listed on the Maney website is for authors to post a copy of their own research on their own website; that requirement is not the same as the 3-year wall for AIC to post JAIC articles on CoOL. We’re behind a bit on posting articles to CoOL because the current set up is to convert the articles to XML and that requires an outside vendor, and I’m still catching up with learning that process. I’m also not sure why JAIC isn’t included in JPASS, but I think that’s something that is decided by JSTOR — we can certainly reach out to them and request that JAIC be added to the JPASS promotion. There may be issues I’m not aware of, but it can’t hurt to find out more.

    There may be an article about open access in an upcoming AIC News issue, so this is certainly a timely topic! Please drop me a note or let me know if I can provide further clarification. My contact info is on the AIC website under About Us/Staff.

    • Thanks Bonnie. I was unaware of the 3 year embargo on JAIC, I appreciate that update. It looks like JPASS is adding to their database, so it may be that they just haven’t gotten to it yet. But maybe AIC could nudge them in that direction (as much as you can nudge JSTOR).

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