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Most recent additions/changes:
November 21, 2010


Image above: Cupiennius coccineus (female) from Costa Rica.
© Copyright 2005 by Joseph Warfel, Eighth-Eye Photography.


Authors may purchase immediate open access (from this website) for their articles. More information can be found here.

Thanks to the College of the Holy Cross for hosting this website and particularly for donating the disk space to hold the complete on-line archive of JoA and for also for providing the equipment used in the creation of that archive.


Browse On-Line Volumes, by Issue

Use the links below to view the contents for each issue. Titles are linked to abstracts and to the actual articles (as pdf).

Only currently active members of the AAS may access JoA articles that have appeared within the last year. Members must log in to gain access to these articles (follow this link to read about the login procedure).

Anyone may view:

  • Issue contents


Recent Issues
("Normal" pdf versions produced at the time of publication, highest quality)
 Vol. 38 (2010)
Number 1 -- pp. 1-156
(Contents can be viewed by anyone but access to MOST articles is restricted to current members.)

Number 2 -- pp 157-392
(Contents can be viewed by anyone but access to MOST articles is restricted to current members.)

Number 3 -- pp 393-695 (Contents can be viewed by anyone but access to MOST articles is restricted to current members.)

 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.)

All Issues of JoA Are Now On-Line!
On July 20, 2005 the final missing issue of the Journal of Arachnology was put on-line (go to list). 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 (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 "bitmappled" 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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General Information

  • Access to articles that have appeared within the past year is restricted to current members of the AAS. Login procedures are given below.
  • All articles are posted in pdf format. This requires that your computer has the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or an equivalent program. To use Acrobat's "Find" feature with the legacy issues, you will need version 4 or later or the equivalent.
  • Please note that one some computers, the pdf files will work only after they have been saved to your local disk and then opened from within Acrobat.
  • In all volumes before vol. 30, the on-line "JoA Contents" and "Abstracts to Feature Articles" generally use English language characters -- even when some other language is involved. Thus, accent marks or other characters not normally found in American Standard English are not used, even when the names, abstracts, or titles are in Spanish, Portuguese or French. Correctly accented text can be downloaded in each case as a pdf file and the pdf text should be considered authoritative, not the hypertext material which is only provided as a convenience. Starting with volume 30, this problem should no longer exist.

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SEARCH for On-Line Articles

Google Search of the AAS website (including JoA-On Line)
Author and Title Search of JoA, 1983-2000 using the spreadsheet created by Bob Suter.

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For Members -- How to Login to Download Articles from JoA On-Line

  • Either browse the contents or do a Google search for the articles you wish to see. Press the link to the article.
  • A log-in box something like one of those pictured below will appear:


  • On the back cover of your latest issue of the Journal of Arachnology you will find a USERNAME and PASSWORD. Type the username into the "Name" or "User Id" box.

  • Type the password into the password box.

  • Be certain you type these exactly as printed on your copy of the journal. They are case-sensitive.

  • Some programs (such as recent versions of Internet Explorer) allow you to check a box that causes the browser to remember the username and password

  • Please do not email the web administrator for the password as he will not give them out because he does not have a complete list of active members

Common Mistakes

 DO NOT use your name or the term "USERNAME" in the "name" box. Use the name given on your copy of the Journal that appears just after USERNAMEType the username and password exactly as on the journal. DO NOT CHANGE CASE.

Remember to use a current password. Passwords change once per year (not with each issue). New passwords go 'On-line" about two weeks after members in the USA receive their first issue of a new volume in the mail (in order to give time for overseas members to get the journal). Up till that time, the old name and password is still in effect.