Jstor Plant Science

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:34:17 PST
Sometimes one can get access to JStor and other subscription-only 
sites through one's university alumni association. Not all 
institutions provide this service. Institutional subscriptions are 
always far more expensive than individual subscriptions (this is also 
true of online reference sites such as the OED), and sometimes the 
sites can be accessed only through terminals in the institution's own 
network. Fortunately, my undergraduate college is in the city where I 
now live, but it's still tedious to drive there just to look up an article.

If you need access to just one article, you can try searching out one 
of the authors at his or her personal web page (usually every faculty 
member has one) and asking. Often they are pleased to share their 
work with interested people and will e-mail a copy, and they may be 
unhappy that their journal articles, for which after all they were 
not paid (except in "points toward tenure"), are so difficult of 
access once Elsevier (for instance) gets hold of them.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

At 11:30 AM 1/23/2013, you wrote:
>I checked with JStor about access a few years ago and found it to be 
>much too expensive.  I seem to recall in excess of $50-$100k 
>annually...something that only large libraries can afford.  I was 
>fortunate to subsequently gain access through our association with 
>our university, and that access is invaluable.  JStor did indicate 
>when I spoke with them years ago, that they might start considering 
>options for smaller groups, so it might be worth a try to see where 
>their price point is now, but I'm betting it's still out of reach 
>for this group.

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