May 20, 2022

After Successful 3-Year Pilot, JSTOR Launches New Alumni Access Program

Exciting news from JSTOR.

From Today’s Announcement:

JSTOR is pleased to announce a new Alumni Access program, which enables participating higher education institutions to provide their alumni with access to their JSTOR archive collections.  This is an important next step in our ongoing efforts to extend access to scholarship to individuals around the world, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with our more than 3,000 university and college libraries in this effort.

The launch of the Alumni Access program follows a successful 3-year pilot that was undertaken with nearly 50 institutions, including public and private institutions, US and overseas universities, and theological seminaries. This pilot helped JSTOR and our partner libraries understand the implementation issues and to develop an approach that we believe will be valuable and sustainable. The feedback from both pilot institutions and their alumni has been overwhelmingly positive.


While the Alumni Access Program will officially launch in January 2013, JSTOR will turn on access and waive the Annual Access Fee (AAF) for the remainder of 2012. The Alumni Access participation fee is 10% of the institution’s total AAF. The program is open to eligible higher education institutions worldwide; please contact us for eligibility requirements. Participating schools must support the bifurcation of alumni usage from their main account.

Last week, JSTOR announced that the Top 100 most active Wikipedia editors will be given free access to JSTOR collections.

We also recently posted about SAGE making a change to its license and allowing library’s who subscribe to their databases to opt-in and provide these resources to alumni at no extra fee.

See Also: Direct to JSTOR Alumni Access Program Info Page

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