Why is the Journal Hosting Program ending?

The JSTOR Journal Hosting Program (JHP) integrates the most recent issues of journals with archival journals and ebooks on JSTOR. One of the program’s primary objectives was expanding readership of important titles via affordable and sustainable means—for libraries, publishers, and for JSTOR. We have been operating JHP at a loss and cannot continue in a way that would be financially viable both for us and for our participating publishers. Therefore, we have decided to close the program after the 2021 subscription period ending December 31, 2021.

We explored transitioning from a full-order processing and renewal service program to a hosting-only model as an alternative, but the fees required would be prohibitive for our participating publishers. We continue to explore new and sustainable options for offering current journal issues on JSTOR.

Important dates

The Journal Hosting Program (JHP) will end January 1, 2022. JSTOR will not publish new JHP content or provide fulfillment and hosting services to publishers after December 31, 2021, and JHP content will no longer be available starting March 1, 2022.

Through December 31, 2021, JSTOR will:

  • Provide all subscription fulfillment and hosting services, and access to Journal Hosting Program journals
  • Send 2021 renewals to institutions that subscribe directly with JSTOR
    • This will include January to December calendar year subscriptions, and subscriptions with rolling starts through June 30
    • We will not send 2021 renewals for July 2021 and later rolling starts, but will provide this renewal data to publishers and their new fulfillment providers

While JHP will cease after December 31, 2021, we will extend grace access to JHP content to subscribing institutions through the last day of February 2022. We provide grace access for an additional two months, even for journals that have transferred out of the program. This grace period allows institutions to update their catalogs and renew, and provides access to users during the transition. This also supports the journal Transfer Code of Practice, which encourages the transferring publisher platform to continue to provide access if the receiving publisher platform is not ready.

Subscription access cut-off

JSTOR will not publish new JHP content or provide fulfillment and hosting services to publishers after December 31, 2021. However, JSTOR will extend grace access to JHP content to subscribing institutions through the end of February 2022. JHP content will no longer be available on JSTOR starting March 1, 2022.

Content for rolling starts that extend beyond January 1, 2022 will not be added to JSTOR.
We will work with JHP publishers to communicate to subscribing institutions when access to these renewed non-calendars subscriptions will end on JSTOR, that access for the remainder of their subscription period will be via another platform, and the access details for that platform.

Post-Cancellation Access claims to content in the program

JSTOR will work with JHP publishers to support the Transfer Code of Practice for all departing titles. We are currently exploring PCA access options with participating JHP publishers to ensure PCA access is available for all JHP content removed from JSTOR. PCA information for each JHP Publisher will be included in the JHP Publisher Transition Guide as soon as it becomes available.

JHP content in Archive and Thematic collections

The end of JHP will have no impact on content in the JSTOR Archival Journal collections and Thematic Collections. All JHP content included in the Archival Journal and Thematic collections will remain in these collections. JHP content ahead of these collections’ moving wall will not be accessible on JSTOR; as the moving wall advances each year, a year of content will again become accessible in the archives.

JHP content not in Archive and Thematic Collections

All JHP content not included in the JSTOR Archive or Thematic collections will be removed and no longer accessible on the JSTOR platform.

JHP content in full-run subscriptions

For JHP titles included in the JSTOR Archive or Thematic collections, all journal content behind the moving wall will remain on JSTOR. Full-run JHP subscribers that also subscribe to the Archive or Thematic Collections that include JHP titles will continue to have access to content behind the moving wall; full-run JHP subscribers that do not subscribe to the Archive or Thematic collections with JHP titles will not.

All content for full-run JHP titles not included in an Archive or Thematic Collections will be removed and will no longer be accessible on the JSTOR platform.