JSTOR: a case study in the recent history of scholarly communications

Roger C. Schonfeld (Ithaka, New York City, New York, USA)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To argue for the consideration from an historical perspective of technology‐enabled changes in higher education.


Uses examples from the author's history of JSTOR as a case study.


That the case of JSTOR offers evidence that technology‐enabled changes in higher education will have historical interest.

Research limitations/implications

Although the author presents only examples from JSTOR, historians should begin to give attention to the overall changes taking place in scholarly communications and higher education.

Practical implications

Suggests further areas of research for historians, information scientists, and graduate students.


This work should be of interest to library and information professionals, business historians, and perhaps economic historians interested in the information industries.



Schonfeld, R. (2005), "JSTOR: a case study in the recent history of scholarly communications", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 337-344. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330510627953

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