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  1. Pornographic content. Artstor and JSTOR are not for pornography or sexually explicit content that does not have serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific merit. If this describes your content, don’t publish it to Artstor or JSTOR.
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  4. Respectful language. JSTOR and Artstor provide an educational resource, and published content may be viewed by younger audiences. Please do not use vulgar or explicit language in your content or the associated metadata, unless there are serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific scholarship reasons for doing so.
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