GRAFT has updated with another 40 repository URLs. Search across full-text and records alike, in 4,680 repositories.
Super. I’ve realised, and just in time, that JURN is 10 years old tomorrow!
JURN was launched by me in working form on 3rd February 2009, and then went onto the new Jurn.org domain on 5th February 2009. Initially the search-tool only had a mere 951 arts and humanities journal titles, indexed and full-text searchable at the article level. The fledgling JURN Directory followed shortly after. JURN certainly wasn’t the search behemoth it is now, after a decade of often very intensive work on it, but the launch caused a ripple of interest and some enduring inbound links.
As users and readers of this blog will know, JURN has been constantly maintained, repaired and expanded since then. All the work has been done unpaid. Despite very sparse donations each year (some years with nothing at all), over a decade JURN has just about ‘broken even’ in terms of paying for domain and hosting costs.
Several new services have been added since launch, such as the comprehensive repository search GRAFT (‘Global Research Access, Full-Text’) and the OpenEco A-Z journal directory. The scope of JURN’s journal indexing has also expanded a little beyond arts and humanities journals, to strong coverage of business and law journals, and journals on all aspects of the natural world. As always, predatory titles and publishers are excluded.
JURN continues and OA continues to grow, so… onward to 2029!
The JURN directory of scholarly ejournals in the arts & humanities has been link-checked and updated.
All sidebar Web links on this blog have been checked by hand, and deleted / repaired as needed.
I’m pleased to say that I’ve managed to regain jurn.org — and the domain and URL are once again functioning and public. My apologies for the hiatus over the last six months or so.
You can, of course, also continue to search JURN via one of the other access methods which are detailed at this blog post.
If anyone was wondering if I have a Patreon, yes I do, if anyone enjoys using JURN and cares to spare me a few dollars a month. The Patreon is not just for JURN, but modestly helps to support expenses for my various ongoing creative and scholarly activities.
I’ve started another mass ‘link-check and clean’ of the entire JURN URL-base, looking for websites that have dropped off Google Search for some reason and are thus no longer found in JURN. My checking and repair will be progressing slowly through the first half of 2019.
Four historic journal archives at Cornell, added to the openEco directory… but they can’t be indexed by JURN.
Journal of Mycology (can’t be indexed by JURN, but noted here)
Transactions of the American Entomological Society (can’t be indexed by JURN, but noted here)
American Bee Journal and American Bee Journal 1861-1900 at the Cornell Online Beekeeping Collection (can’t be indexed by JURN, but noted here)
Annals of the Entomological Society of America (can’t be indexed by JURN, but noted here)
Someone might want to get these onto Archive.org in a more indexable form.
What Google Search has to filter out every day… demonstrated by a sample search for Lovecraft (as in the author “H.P. Lovecraft”) for just the last 24 hours. About ten valid hits, which Google has usefully brought to the top of the results — but also thousands of malware-laced fake ebook PDFs and spam pages offering ‘essay writing’ services (of the sort that claim to help students cheat their way through university).
Amazon’s search is becoming more and more useless. Search for “middle-earth” in Books: Reference, and half way through the second page of results, it starts slipping in multiple “middle-east” results. Presumably on the assumption that the searcher is a drooling idiot who’s mis-typed the search query.