A great way to check your authentication status is to look for a line of text in the top right corner of any JSTOR page. Underneath the JSTOR logo you will see a line of text that reads
“Your access to JSTOR provided by X.”
If you don’t see this line of text, you are not authenticated and will need to follow the access methods established by your institution.
This section includes access information for users who are members of a participating institution. In order to determine whether you have access to JSTOR through your institution, check JSTOR's list of JSTOR Institutions.
- Look for the name of your institution on the geographical list of institutions on the login page. There may be a link to your library's remote login page. If not:
- Go directly to your participating library's website and click on their JSTOR link.
Note: Search for "JSTOR" or look under "databases," "off-campus access," "proxy server," or "Virtual Private Network" (VPN).
- You should be prompted to log in using your student username and password.
- After logging in to your library's system, you should be taken to the JSTOR website.
Note: Not all institutions offer remote access. You might only have access to JSTOR from a campus location. If you have problems accessing JSTOR remotely, please contact your librarian for help.
As a member of a participating institution, you might have access to JSTOR from an off-campus location. This is something that you will need to check with your library, although you can sometimes check through our Institution Finder feature. In many cases, in order to access licensed library resources like JSTOR from an off-campus location, it is necessary to log on via your library's web site. Check for a link to your library's remote access option on the JSTOR login page, or visit your institution's website and look for links to the library, online databases, or electronic resources to find options for access to JSTOR. If you are unable to locate this option at your institution, or if you need additional assistance, please contact your librarian or electronic resources administrator to learn about getting remote access to JSTOR.
Athens and Shibboleth Access
If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth to provide access to resources remotely, you may access JSTOR from off-campus using a personal Athens username and password or your university username and password (this might also be known as a "single sign-on" or "Shibboleth" username), which you can obtain from your campus library.
To log in to your Athens or Shibboleth account on JSTOR, please go to www.jstor.org and click Login at the top-right. You may then search for your institution name and click Login, which will direct you to the JSTOR Athens or Shibboleth login page. You may also browse to your institution by selecting the appropriate country from the list, clicking search, and choosing your institution from the list that appears.
Please note that Athens and Shibboleth usernames and passwords are not managed by JSTOR. If you are having trouble with your Athens or Shibboleth account, please seek assistance from your library.
Shared Activation Links
If your institution uses a shared activation link for remote access, you will need to contact your librarian directly. This link enables you to access JSTOR by registering for an authorized MyJSTOR account.
If you are a new user:
Follow the link you receive from your librarian.
You will be directed to the Login/Register for MyJSTOR page. Click on the "Register" link to go to the MyJSTOR Registration page.
Complete the required fields to register a unique username and password. A unique email address is required, but the email address may be of any type (Gmail, Hotmail, a school-issued account, etc.)
Click "Submit" to register your account. You will be redirected to the new JSTOR main page, where you may use JSTOR as usual.
If you already have a MyJSTOR account:
Follow the link you receive from your librarian.
You will be directed to a Login/Register for MyJSTOR page.
Enter your username and password in the Login fields, and click the “Login” button
Your account is now activated for access to JSTOR from anywhere.
For all subsequent accesses, go directly to www.jstor.org and select "Login" at the top of the page to access JSTOR with your personalized username and password. You may access JSTOR via this account from any location.
Some participating universities and colleges offer online access to JSTOR for alumni. Alumni from participating institutions gain full access to the same set of archive collection content available to all current students and faculty at their institutions. Find out if your alma mater participates in this program.
You can search and browse the archive and get citations for all the articles and other items, regardless of access to content. For a limited number of articles, including Early Journal Content, you automatically get free access. Some articles are available through the Register & Read beta program.
Libraries and organizations license full-text content for their patrons, and if you are affiliated with one of these institutions, you can access those complete articles. If your library has not subscribed to a journal, or if they subscribe but you haven't logged in, you will see a yellow "Citation access" asterisk icon. This indicates that you may access the citation only, and the asterisk points you to content access options. Some publishers offer individual articles or issues for sale through the Publisher Sales Service, or individual subscriptions to the full-text journals. If an article or issue is for sale, you will see the price listed on the Preview banner. Read more about purchasing articles through the Publisher Sales Service.
- Check the list of institutions on the login page, or ask you local librarian if they have licensed any JSTOR collections and, if so, how to log in. Many colleges and universities offer remote access via a library login, so make sure to ask your librarian about that.
- You can choose to view only items you have access to by selecting that option on either the Advanced Search form or the on the search results page.
- Don't forget to ask your local librarian if the article is available for free through interlibrary loan or from another resource.
- Check the list of participating libraries to see if there is one near you, and if they offer public access; you may be able to access JSTOR at that library.
- If the above options aren't available, and the article or issue is for sale, you may purchase it from the publisher via the JSTOR site.
- The journal you are interested in is may be available through a subscription from the publisher.
JSTOR works with publishers to offer access to specific titles to society members and independent researchers. Individual access to journals in the JSTOR archive is provided by participating publishers. See a list of the journals that are currently available to individuals. If you are interested in obtaining individual access to any of these titles, please contact the appropriate publisher for registration information.
Your journal access will be set up in one of two ways. Either your access is managed by JSTOR and you will receive instructions from us directly, or your access is managed by your society or the publisher. If you are not sure about how to access your subscription, please contact JSTOR Support. When you contact JSTOR Support, please include as much detail as possible about your subscription, including your membership or account ID if applicable.
In many cases when you purchase a subscription there will be a slight delay between the time you purchase the subscription and the time your access is set up. This is because most publishers and societies collect new subscribers and members and send the data over to us in batches, usually on a daily or weekly schedule. JSTOR staff then establishes access from these files the same day that they are received. Any slight delay you might experience between purchase and access is expected, but if you have any questions please contact JSTOR Support for assistance.
The Publisher Sales Service (PSS) is a program offered through participating JSTOR Publishers in which journal articles or issues are available for purchase. Publishers decide which articles can be purchased and set the fees for their articles. JSTOR facilitates the purchase of articles from the archive on behalf of participating publishers.
If an article is available for purchase, a "Download" button with the price of the article will appear in the gold preview banner at the top of the article. Please see the instructions below for purchasing the article.
1. Click the "Download" button and then click the "Add to Cart" button. (If the banner reads "Preview or purchase options not available", check with a librarian for other options.)
2. Choose either "Register/Login" to save the PDF to a MyJSTOR account or "Proceed to Cart" to purchase the selected article without saving it to MyJSTOR. If you chose to use a MyJSTOR account, either login or register.
3. You will be sent to the shopping cart afterward. Choose either "Continue Shopping" to continue searching on JSTOR or "Checkout" to purchase the selected article. Make sure the article is the one you want before continuing with the purchase. Please note that JSTOR contains reviews as well as full-length articles. Reviews do not contain the original content of the works they review.
4. Fill out the required fields on the Checkout form. If purchasing an individual article, you may leave the Institution Subscription ID, Department and Position fields blank. Please check "Use as shipping address". This is a temporary measure as nothing will be physically shipped to your address; this article will be made available electronically. When complete, click "Continue To Next Step".
5. Review your purchase and payment information on the confirmation page. Make sure to check the box to accept JSTOR's Terms and Conditions. Click "Proceed to PayPal". This will take you to the PayPal website for completion of the purchase.
6. Review your order summary. Log in to your PayPal account or click "Pay with debit or credit card."
7. Click "Pay Now" to complete the purchase.
8. You will receive an email from PayPal confirming your purchase and providing a receipt. You will receive an email from JSTOR confirming your purchase and providing a receipt.
9. If you chose not to save the PDF to a MyJSTOR account, you will receive an additional email from JSTOR with instructions on how to access your purchased article. Download your article from the PDF link provided in this email. If you've saved it to a MyJSTOR account, go to the Purchases tab in MyJSTOR to retrieve it.
Check out more information on our Publisher Sales Service program.