JSTOR is a subscription-based online archive of journal articles and scholarly content, produced by not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, which may be one useful source of non-patent literature prior art for professional patent searchers. The site has recently undergone some major updates to the content coverage and accessibility of select journal articles within the archives, and patent searchers will benefit from the new types of prior art that can be accessed on the portal and the expanded free content on the site. Last year, JSTOR began offering limited free online content through the the Register and Read program, which was released in beta-testing phase during early 2012. As of January 2013, JSTOR has greatly expanded the number of journals accessible through the Register and Read program to more than 1,200 titles. JSTOR also recently added digital book coverage to the portal through the new Books on JSTOR program, and currently more than 15,000 scholarly books can now be searched simultaneously with the journal content on the platform. Prior art searchers will therefore have access to a broader array of non-patent literature prior art formats that can be searched on a single intuitive interface, and more of the journal content is now freely accessible for registered users.
Continue reading for an overview of new free content accessible through the JSTOR Register and Read program, and also learn about the scholarly books now available on the JSTOR platform!