JSTOR, a large digital repository for historical, full-text academic journals, announces individual accounts for people not otherwise affiliated with colleges or universities. Databases like JSTOR usually cost thousands of dollars for an annual subscription, yet are invaluable to researchers. Typically, only college and university libraries will subscribe to them for this reason.
Last year, in a move likely a partial response to Aaron Swartz's untimely death (and court case) and partially a recognition that a market exists for individual researchers, JSTOR announced Register & Read. With Register & Read a person could access and download up to 3 articles every 14 days, for free. Now there is JPASS, a monthly subscription model that individuals can use to access more journals and better research tools.
A database like JSTOR isn't for everybody, but for those who want access to scientific research, often from the earlier half of the 20th century, JSTOR is almost the only game in town. I welcome their move to expand access to information.
And for the month of October, don't miss out on free access to more databases!