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Free Access for 2012

We are happy to announce the extension of free access to JSTOR Plant Science for all JSTOR participating institutions through 2012. JSTOR Plant Science, an environment of content, tools, and the collaboration of over 220 of the leading herbaria in the world, has been available to all JSTOR participants since 2010. Many of our JSTOR participants have enjoyed the benefits of access to this rich resource of over 1.3 million objects to the tune of over a million views of material in 2011 alone.

Learn More

To learn more about our community and the resource, we encourage you to take a look at
  • Vimeo: over 45 short videos discussing the value of this work and the international collaboration that sustains it with scientists discussing what they love.
  • Twitter: daily updates from the wonderful world of plant science
  • Blog (what you are reading now): weekly posts discussing the intersections between economics, history, and plants with material drawn from JSTOR (and more).
  • Don’t have access and are at a JSTOR participating institution? Contact us at to get started.

Where does JSTOR Plant Science fit in this discussion of plant taxonomy?

JSTOR Plant Science is an environment of materials, tools, and discussion facilitating the work of the plant taxonomic community. The content comes from the tireless work of the Global Plants Initiative (GPI), a collection of over 230 botanical organizations worldwide who collect, digitize, and identify the plants. Initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project also assists GPI institutions in establishing digitization labs. The development of the environment, the platform, the preservation, and the promotion of the materials is managed by JSTOR . In short, what GPI collects in the field, identifies in the herbarium, and digitizes is then aggregated and presented through JSTOR Plant Science.

What does this scientific process of plant taxonomy look like?

What does field collecting look like?

Fascinating videos filmed by two GPI members demonstrate the field collecting process. Dr. Mark Watson of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (E) and the good people of the National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories of Nepal (KATH) took along their camera on a recent expedition to the Himalayas to collect plants. The resulting videos are wonderful primers to how a native plant becomes a digitized specimen.

What happens after these materials digitized and appears on JSTOR Plant Science?

Ready to get started?

Head to JSTOR Plant Science and have a look around!

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 17, 2011 1:10 am

    Great article using info graphics. wish to write some thing like this in near future

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