How to Participate
JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that includes full-text content of more than 1,400 academic journals, as well as thousands of primary sources. Our ultimate long-term objective is to make JSTOR available to everyone who wants access to it, while doing so in a way that ensures sustainability of the service.
To accommodate the different research and teaching needs across institutions, JSTOR developed tiered access and fee models, based on the Carnegie Classifications. In developing a fair method to classify institutions, we aim to ensure that similar institutions are grouped consistently while recognizing the institutional diversity in the scholarly community.
Institutions pay two fees to participate in each JSTOR archive collection: an Archive Capital Fee (ACF) and an Annual Access Fee (AAF). Some collections require a one-time Network Participation Fee rather than an Archive Capital Fee. These fees vary depending upon the JSTOR Classification of your institution.
- ACF: a one-time fee per collection designed to ensure that JSTOR has the necessary resources to meet its archival obligation to migrate data and software systems as technology evolves.
- AAF: a recurring fee that covers the ongoing costs of maintenance, user services, and administration required to support your access to collections in JSTOR. The AAF is invoiced on a calendar year basis.
Please note that the Archive Capital and Annual Access Fees will be reduced as appropriate to account for the overlap in content that exists between some collections. This ensures that participants contribute only once for any title, no matter which collections it resides in.
Charter Participants (those who began their JSTOR participation prior to March 31, 1997) are entitled to a 25% savings on Archive Capital and Annual Access Fees.
JSTOR is currently extending the JSTOR Sustainers savings introduced with Arts & Sciences XI. JSTOR Sustainers (not-for-profit Higher Ed four-year and two-year institutions that participate in at least 10 Arts & Sciences Archive Collections and the Life Sciences Archive Collection) are eligible for a 25% savings on Archive Capital and Annual Access Fees on eligible collections as designated by JSTOR, for as long as they continue to maintain their participation in at least 10 Arts & Sciences Archive Collections and the Life Sciences Archive Collection. This savings cannot be combined with any other savings for which a JSTOR Sustainer may be eligible. JSTOR reserves the right to alter the terms of this savings in its discretion, including limiting the time in which an institution may become eligible for these savings.