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Journal of Arachnology Online

Online Issues

Recent Issues
("Normal" pdf versions produced at the time of publication, highest quality)
Vol. 49 (2021)

Number 1 - pp. 1-158
(Contents can be viewed by anyone but access to MOST articles is restricted to current members.)

Vol. 48 (2020)

Number 1 - pp. 1-101

Number 2 - pp. 103-219
(Contents can be viewed by anyone but access to MOST articles is restricted to current members.)

Number 3 - pp. 221-353
Publication date: 23 February 2021
(Contents can be viewed by anyone but access to MOST articles is restricted to current members.)

Vol. 47 (2019)
Number 1 - pp. 1-163 Number 2 - pp. 164-297 Number 3 - pp. 299-399
Vol. 46 (2018)
Number 1 - pp.1-170 Number 2 - pp. 173-383

Number 3 - pp. 391-559

Vol. 45 (2017)
Number 1 - pp. 1-144 Number 2 - pp. 145-252 Number 3 - pp 253-452
Vol. 44(2016)
Number 1 - pp. 1-102
Number 2 - pp. 103-254
Number 3 - pp. 257-416
Vol. 43 (2015)
Number 1 - pp. 1-119
Number 2 - pp. 123-228
Number 3 - pp. 231-425
Vol. 42 (2014)
Number 1 - pp. 1-134
Number 2 - pp. 135-202
(XIX Congress Issue)

Number 3 - pp. 205-318
Vol. 41 (2013)
Number 1 - pp. 1-91 Number 2 - pp. 92-227

Number 3 - pp. 229-424

 Vol. 40 (2012)
Number 2-- pp. 151- 262
Number 3-- pp. 263-352

 Vol. 39 (2011)

Number 2 -- pp. 205-364

 Vol. 38 (2010)

Number 2 -- pp 157-392

Number 3 -- pp 393-695

 Vol. 37 (2009)
 Vol. 36 (2008)
Number 2 -- pp 221-484
(XVII Congress Issue)
 Vol. 35 (2007)
 Vol. 34 (2006)
 Vol. 33 (2005)

Number 2-- pp. 197-639
(XVI Congress Issue)

 Vol. 32 (2004)
 Vol. 31 (2003)
 Vol. 30 (2002)
Number 2:- pp. 181 - 453
(XV Congress Issue)

 Vol. 29 (2001)
 Vol. 28 (2000)
 Vol. 27 (1999)
Number 1: pp. 3 - 397
(XIV Congress Issue)

Legacy Issues
Produced from scans of old issues; they are good quality, searchable "e-prints".

 Vol. 26 (1998)
 Vol. 25 (1997)
 Vol. 24 (1996)
 Vol. 23 (1995)
 Vol. 22 (1994)
 Vol. 21 (1993)
 Vol. 20 (1992)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 19 (1991)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 18 (1990)
 Vol. 17 (1989)
 Vol. 16 (1988)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 15 (1987)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 14 (1986)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 13 (1985)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 12 (1984)
 Vol. 11 (1983)
(w/ greyscale photos)
Vol. 10 (1982)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 9 (1981)
(w/ greyscale photos)
Vol. 8 (1980)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 7 (1979)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 6 (1978)
(w/ greyscale photos)
Vol. 5 (1977)
(w/ greyscale photos)
Vol. 4 (1976)
(w/ greyscale photos)

Vol. 3 (1975)
(w/ greyscale photos)

 Vol. 2 (1974)
(w/ greyscale photos)
 Vol. 1 (1973)
(w/ greyscale photos & color illust.)

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About Legacy Issues

On July 20, 2005 the final missing issue of the Journal of Arachnology was put on-line. The AAS is one of the few scientific societies that has put all articles from its journal on the world wide web. Moreover, articles except for those in the latest three issues are available free to anyone. The AAS takes seriously its function to disseminate scientific knowledge as broadly and with as few impediments as possible (this policy was the result of a vote the membership at an annual business meeting.)

The project was first proposed to the AAS Executive Committee in 2001 and was modeled on what Tom Walker had done with the Florida Entomologist. It took several years for concerns about membership impact to lessen. Gifts of old issues of the Journal of Arachnology from Maria Peck (wife of the late Bill Peck), Jerry Rovner, Jeff Shultz, Jon Reiskind, and John Anderson were used to supplement Ken Prestwich's collection. In the summer of 2004, a scanner with sheet feed and software for preparing searchable pdf files of the journal was donated to the project by the College of the Holy Cross (then host of the AAS website). Ken Prestwich and Holy Cross student Sonia Kuhn did the scanning and prepared and web-published the files. The entire project was done at no cost to the AAS.

Individuals in addition to those listed above who should be thanked by all for their involvement include Fred Coyle and Jim Berry for their support and input early in the process and Paula Cushing for encouragement and for being a liaison between the web admin., Journal and EB. Jerry Rovner, Jeff Shultz and Cathy Langtimm should all be acknowledged for their continual support and encouragement during the production process. Finally, Rick Vetter must be thanked for looking over the various issues' contents pages and spotting typos.

About the production quality of legacy issues: Except as noted these are in a "pdf image + text" format.They are made by unbinding old issues of JoA from the estate of the late Bill Peck, Jerry Rovner, Jeff Shultz and the web administrator. The pages are then scanned into image files(TIFF). The TIFF files are cleaned as much a practical (i.e., most vertical lines removed) -- remember this is volunteer work!

The TIFF files are then run through a professional grade optical character recognition (OCR) program. The OCR result, which is about 99% accurate, is then incorporated into hidden fields that are normally invisible to the reader. The reader sees only the "image" of the original scan. The OCR text fields are used by the pdf reader program to search the text. The files look like good photocopies (with one exception -see below) but not as good as "normal pdf" (pdf made directly from the original computer files Allen Press uses to produce the Journal. All JoA files after 1998 are normal pdf.

There are two downsides to pdf + image files.

The first is that they are large files and will take considerable time to download over slow internet connections; they also lack certain modern search features. On the other hand, production of true pdf from old images would have been very expensive.

The other problem is that to save time and file size, the first legacy issues were reproduced with the photographs as bit maps -- black and white. This process works well for line drawings and some photos but most photos are more useful when reproduced in greyscale. As of Oct 2004, all pages that have photographs are being rescanned and saved as greyscaled pdf images. These "repeat pages" are then tacked onto to the end or inserted into the original "bitmapped" and searchable article. Thus, the article is still searchable, the photographs are reproduced in a more useful manner and not too much extra volunteer labor is required.

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