Faculty: When Using JAF in Class, Please Use JSTOR or Project Muse
Friday, August 21, 2015
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
As you begin the 2015-2016 academic year, please be aware that there is an easy way that you can help the Society and the field.
As you may know, AFS receives royalty income whenever someone views, downloads, or prints Journal of American Folklore materials from the online collections of JSTOR and Project MUSE. Almost all US universities, and a growing number abroad, subscribe to the JSTOR and MUSE collections that include the JAF.
The royalty revenue from a JSTOR or MUSE view, download, or print is greater than what AFS receives in permission fees when the same JAF article is included in hard copy. This royalty income makes possible a number of important Society activities that benefit the field: providing annual meeting travel stipends and mentoring activities for students and to community, international, and minority scholars; developing the JAF multimedia site; supporting the AFS Oral History Program; and expanding the reach of the Open Folklore online portal, to name just a few.
Here’s the service we're asking you to provide: Whenever any of your courses requires students to use JAF materials, have your students access those materials on JSTOR or Project MUSE rather than through other means. This is easy to do: just include the JSTOR or Project MUSE URLs for JAF articles or reviews in the syllabi for your courses this coming year.