We encourage publishers in the JSTOR archival collections to take advantage of the array of programs and services to promote access, discovery, and preservation of content.
Access for Publisher Staff and Editors
JSTOR provides publisher staff and editor with complimentary access to their archived journals. We can arrange access via password accounts or through IP authentication.
Using their MyJSTOR accounts, publishers can run a variety of usage statistics reports for the content on JSTOR. In addition the number of views and downloads, publishers can see their most accessed articles and issues and data sorted by participating institutions, discipline and country.
Single Article and Issue Sales
One of JSTOR’s most popular publisher programs, the Publisher Sales Service enables publishers to make single articles and single issues available for purchase on the JSTOR platform. Publishers control pricing while JSTOR administers the program on publishers’ behalf.
Access for Society Members and Individual Journal Subscribers
Publishers who wish to offer access to their society members and journal subscribers can implement the Individual Access Program. The program requires a modest fee and a rider to publishers’ license agreements with JSTOR.
Reaching New Users
JSTOR collaborates with publishers on several access initiatves designed to welcome new users. This includes introducing access and fee models to make JSTOR accessible for developing countries as well as experimenting with different programs to reach individuals outside JSTOR's traditional pool of licensing institutions:
JSTOR is happy to offer assistance with designing announcements, writing articles, creating demos, and providing materials for board and annual meetings free of charge, which are great ways to publicize your JSTOR participation. See examples here.
In efforts to create convenient and reliable pathways of information, JSTOR joined CrossRef, an association of publishers and other resource providers who work together to support a cross-platform linking system. For more information, read the CrossRef FAQ.
Linking with JSTOR
JSTOR cultivates relationships with various linking partners, including publishers, library systems, and vendors, A&I resources, to drive traffic to publishers’ content in JSTOR. JSTOR also works with a number of publishers to link their archived journals’ issues to recent issues published online. Users can search and browse a recent issue’s articles, authors, and abstract information in JSTOR to follow direct links to the full-text articles available on the publisher’s website.
JSTOR works with publishers to revitalize their journals’ older content through special projects, such as the Botanical Society of America’s image index of journal covers, the American Historical Association’s digital archive of its presidential addresses, and the Royal Society’s Trailblazing project, a digital interactive timeline.
These projects repurpose content for new uses and audiences. Publishers should contact Content Development for more ideas or with their own ideas for collaboration.
JSTOR undertakes all digitization and maintenance costs to ensure long-term preservation for all content entrusted to us.
All print journal content goes through a painstaking production process to create faithful digital versions. JSTOR maintains these versions, migrating to newer formats as technologies evolve while preserving the print copies in paper repositories. For a detailed overview of the digitization and data release process, please see the Journal Release Process FAQ.
JSTOR also works closely with Portico, a service of ITHAKA, to benefit from the latest technologies in preservation.
We encourage publishers to learn more about how JSTOR pursues long-term preservations here.
Introduced in 2006, the Publisher Sales Service is one of JSTOR’s most popular publisher programs with 850+ journals from nearly 300 publishers.
The program offers the opportunity for publishers to make their journals’s issues and articles available for purchase on the JSTOR platform. Designed to reach users outside JSTOR’s pool of licensing institutions, the program can help publishers reach new readers and markets.
This is an optional program. To join the program, publishers must add a rider to their license agreements with JSTOR.
Publishers control base fees for single articles and single issues
Publishers may exclude specific articles and issues from the program
JSTOR adds a $4.00 service fee to publishers’ base fee to defray administrative, server, credit card, and user support costs
JSTOR remits payments to publishers on a quarterly basis along with purchase summaries
To review how the Publisher Sales Service works from a user perspective, please visit the program’s FAQ.
Joining the Publisher Sales Service can benefit publishers who are currently in Register & ReadBETA (R&R), a JSTOR initiative to offer free, limited, read-online access to MyJSTOR account registrants.
In addition to making their articles and issues available for purchase, Publisher Sales Service participants can observce how online reading affects purchasing behavior as well as determine which user groups purchase their content from the R&R reporting that JSTOR provides.
Note that R&R is a beta program and does not include all JSTOR participating titles. While JSTOR plans to add all titles in the future, publishers who wish to join R&R sooner should contact Content Development.
Since 1999, the Individual Access program has allowed publishers to offer access to their journals's archived issues, beginning with the very first issue, to their society members and/or individual subscribers. Several publishers have implemented this program as an additional benefit of membership or annual subscription.
Please review the program details below, and contact Content Development to discuss which setup option is appropriate for you.
JSTOR offers two implementation models for this program:
Individual subscribers authenticate directly using their MyJSTOR accounts on JSTOR. Publishers send membership/subscriber information to JSTOR, and JSTOR will send registration instructions to each member.
Publishers remotely authenticate individual subscribers to direct to JSTOR. This option requires the publisher’s website to have an access control mechanism. JSTOR provides a modified version of its logon script to activate scripted access; JSTOR also provides instructions to run script on publishers’ servers.
JSTOR charges a modest fee for the program. We have designed two pricing models to accommodate how publishers will offer access to individuals.
Pricing Model 1: Per-User Model
JSTOR will charge the publisher a flat-rate fee for each individual who registers to use the archive or renews their individual access account during the course of a year. Publishers should choose this model only if they plan to provide accounts to individuals who request access.
Pricing Model 2: Usage Model
JSTOR will charge a small fee based on the total number of downloads made by society members during the calendar year. Publishers should choose this model only if they intend to offer access to their entire membership or subscriber base. The cost of the usage model will be capped based on the total number of subscribers to a journal.
Publishers can monitor usage of their journal(s) in the Individual Access program through the usage statistics tool available through their MyJSTOR accounts.
JSTOR is happy to assist publishers with the writing and design of print or digital announcements to help publicize their participation in the Individual Access program. Past examples include the joint announcement by the Ecological Society of America and the British Ecological Society.
JSTOR is happy to work with publishers on customized ads, presentations, and copy to publicize their participation. Publishers interested in promotional materials should contact Content Development at least three weeks in advance of their deadline.
See below for descriptions and past examples of promotional materials:
JSTOR has worked with many publishers to develop announcements; some publishers keep a copy on hand to republish whenever there is space available in an issue. We also create announcements specifically for journals that join the Individual Access program. For more information, view the following sample announcements:
Several publishers have included articles about their JSTOR participation in their newsletters or bulletins. We have worked with a number of publishers to write articles about their journal's participation in JSTOR. Here are a few publishers for whom JSTOR has written articles for their online newsletters:
Updating publishers’ websites is often the quickest and simplest means of announcing a journal’s availability in JSTOR. See the websites of Master Drawings Association and the Folklore of Ireland Society as examples.
Publishers can also download the JSTOR logo for print or online materials. JSTOR® and the JSTOR logo are trademarks of JSTOR, and are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Publishers are welcome to use the JSTOR logo on distributed materials or on your web pages to announce your participation in JSTOR. We ask that you be aware of the following restrictions on the use of the JSTOR name and logo:
You may not use JSTOR's name or logo for any purpose other than as set forth above, except as specifically approved by JSTOR. Under no circumstance may JSTOR's name or logo be used in a way likely to cause confusion as to the origin of JSTOR's or other services.
You may not alter the appearance of the logo. JSTOR reserves the right to review your use of JSTOR's name or logo, and you agree to provide JSTOR with access to your site to review your use of the name or logo. JSTOR may require you to discontinue any such use.
If you have any questions on this policy, please contact Content Development.
JSTOR can provide statistical reports, customized handouts, and other requested materials specific to a publisher or a journal in JSTOR. Publishers routinely use such materials at annual meetings, editorial board meetings, and conferences.
Some examples of the information we provide include:
Background information on JSTOR and JSTOR’s collections
Lists of participating institutions with access to the journal and/or titles in the JSTOR collection(s) or discipline(s)
Information on the back issues available in JSTOR, including previous titles, historic or special issues, or popular articles
JSTOR initiatives or programs of interest to the journal (e.g. JSTOR’s work to provide access in the developing world)
Usage reports that include statistics (by year and/or month) on the number of articles viewed or printed and the most frequently accessed issues or articles
A presentation can easily show the convenience of accessing content in JSTOR. JSTOR can assist publishers in creating a slide deck or provide other material to present their journals’ availability in JSTOR. We will work with publishers to customize presentations to their needs.