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Mission and history
Mission
JSTOR is a digital library for the intellectually curious. We provide a platform for discovering and connecting research, images, and primary sources. As a not-for-profit, we partner with libraries, museums, and publishers to reduce costs, extend access, and preserve scholarship for the future. We do this because we believe in the power of knowledge to change the world for the better.
Free or low-cost access for the developing world
We provide free or very low-cost access to more than 1,500 institutions in a number of nations elsewhere in the world. This is made possible through a combination of philanthropic support and the fees paid by libraries in other countries around the world, as well as publishers’ eagerness to support this work. More information is available about our JSTOR Access Initiative program.
Preservation
We understand that future accessibility to scholarship is essential. JSTOR pursues long-term preservation in several ways:
Open Access to Early Journal Content
All journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1924 in the United States and prior to 1876 elsewhere is freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. We encourage broad use of the Early Journal Content, including for non-commercial purposes.
History
JSTOR was conceived in 1994 by William G. Bowen, then-president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to help university and college libraries provide adequate space for an ever-increasing amount of published scholarship. Bowen’s solution: convert printed scholarly journals into electronic form and store them in a centralized digital archive. Participating libraries and their institutions could free physical space, reduce capital and other costs associated with collection storage, and vastly improve access to scholarly research.
In 1995, following a pilot launched under the direction of the University of Michigan, JSTOR was established as an independent not-for-profit organization. In 2009, JSTOR merged with and became a service of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that works to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies.
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