Monday, January 21, 2013

Free access to Bible and Theology journals through JSTOR

One of the challenges of  being able to keep up on what is going on in biblical and Theological studies is limited access to the better journals. For many years one had to either be resident near a library that carried these journals or you had to pay expensive subscription fees to have them sent to your home or office.

Over the last few years access has become easier as most journals now offer an online digital version. But here again, unless you are already part of an academic institution or pay the subscription, your access is limited.

Now there is some very good news from the people at JSTOR who are offering 1,200 journals for limited free viewing. All one has to do is go to the JSTOR website and register for a free account and you will be able to view three articles every two weeks. It's not unlimited access, but it is the beginning of making biblical and theological journals part of the open access movement. Some of the journals are older while others are more recent. For instance, the Journal of Biblical Literature has made everything available from 1890-2009.

I hope this is the beginning of more open access to the information.


  1. Think this is linked to Aaron Swartz, the guy who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for breaking into JSTOR (in one way or another) and then killed himself due to the sentencing?

    1. A may be related tangentially. My understanding is that JSTOR made the decision prior to Swartz's suicide. I also understand that they have been contemplating and lobbying for it for a while. JSTOR is non-profit, so there is nothing in this for them. But those from whom they get their material . . . .