Indiana University Press, founded in 1950 and one of the leading university presses in the country, and JSTOR, the preservation archive and research platform that is part of the not-for-profit ITHAKA, announced an agreement today to make leading journals from the Press available worldwide as part of the Current Scholarship Program, a new collaborative initiative announced on August 13, 2009.
By joining the Program, current and historical content from 28 Indiana University Press-published journals will be made available on a re-designed JSTOR in 2011. This will offer faculty and students around the world access to current issues alongside back issues easily and seamlessly. JSTOR’s more than 6,000 library participants worldwide will be able to license the Press’s journals, either individually or as part of current issue collections, together with JSTOR back issue collections in a single transaction.
IU Press serials in the Program will include Africa Today, Jewish Social Studies, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Folklore Research, and the Journal of Modern Literature, among others. The journals will be preserved in Portico, the digital preservation service that is also part of ITHAKA.
Indiana University Press joins University of California Press and the University of Illinois Press in the Program. The current issues of at least 70 journals from these publishers will be available from JSTOR for the 2011 subscription year. Other organizations are being encouraged to join.
Together, participants in this Program aim to create an improved online work environment for faculty and students by bringing complete journal runs from multiple publishers together in one place, to ease the burden on librarians of negotiating separate license agreements with a multitude of publishers and independent titles, and to promote a more cost-effective publishing environment for the scholarly community. For more information, see: http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/programs/currentScholarship.jsp.