The JSTOR Essential Collection features foundational content in the humanities and social sciences. It includes nearly 700 core titles across 45 disciplines, including History, Education, Language & Literature, Business, Political Science, and more. 


The journals in the Essential Collection serve both basic and advanced research and teaching needs for two- and four-year institutions. This collection includes the foundational journals in every discipline it covers, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Consumer Research, Critical Inquiry, the Academy of Management Review, the American Historical Review, the Journal of Marketing, the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and more.


More than 80% of the top 150 institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings license the JSTOR Essential Collection. 

Essential Collection Fees
Institution SizeArchive Capital Fee* Annual Access Fee*
Very Large$117,000$40,000
Large$80,000$25,000
Medium$54,000$14,300
Small$37,600$9,750
Very Small$17,500$6,000

*These are base fees for the full Essential Collection at libraries in the United States. If your library already has some archive collections from JSTOR, or if your institution is located outside of the United States, please contact participation@jstor.org for adjusted fees. An explanation of our international fee structure is also available at about.jstor.org/content/international-savings.