In an effort to enhance access options for people who aren’t
affiliated with universities, colleges, or high schools,
not-for-profit digital library JSTOR has launched JPASS, a new program
offering individual users access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR’s
archive collection. The move follows the March 2012 launch of JSTOR’s
Register & Readprogram, which allowed independent researchers to
register for a free MyJSTOR account, and receive free, online-only
access to three full-text articles every 14 days. That service has
since attracted almost one million users including independent
scholars, writers, business people, adjunct faculty, and others, and
JSTOR plans to continue offering the service in its current form.
However, in a recent survey, many of Register & Read users expressed
interest in an individual subscription model that would offer enhanced
access, encouraging JSTOR to move ahead with JPASS.
JSTOR Launches JPASS Access Accounts for Individual Researchers