It is a priority for JSTOR to ensure that our website and the content we archive is available and accessible to all of our users.

The website is designed with ease of navigation in mind, either with or without the use of a pointing device. We regularly use automated checks and conduct tests with users to evaluate and measure the accessibility of the site.

We have also made every effort to ensure that our image-based PDF files are accessible and can be read with screen readers like JAWS. These files are tagged at a high level using an automated process. While this method is not exact, it dramatically increases the accessibility of the files as compared to an untagged version.


JSTOR uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the JSTOR website adheres to the following standards and guidelines:

  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • W3C WAI WCAG 2.0 Level A

Services and Development

In the event that the PDF tagging described above is not sufficient for your use, we can perform manual tagging on a limited number of articles for you. If this is a service you need, please contact JSTOR Support with your request. Please include the citations for the articles you need tagged.

  • Limit of 3 articles per request
  • Turn around time is 3 days per request

We are continually seeking to improve our website and enhance accessibility. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions. If you are interested in helping to validate and evaluate the accessibility of future developments, please fill out our usability participation form.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs)

If you would like to request a copy of the VPAT for JSTOR's public site, please contact JSTOR Support.

Some JSTOR content is available in formats that require document readers or players. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that those products comply with accessibility guidelines. A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a standardized form that describes how a product meets each accessibility guideline. Below are links to the VPATs for these products:

Download Free Document Readers

Links are provided below to product websites where you may download free document readers.

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