Why did the Journal Hosting Program end?

Launched in 2011, The JSTOR Journal Hosting Program (JHP) was an initiative that let publishers host their most recent journal issues alongside their journal archives on JSTOR. JHP integrated the most recent issues of 260 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 had been operating JHP at a loss and could not continue in a financially viable way both for us and for our participating publishers. Therefore, we 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.

When the program ended, current issues for the publishers participating in the program were removed from JSTOR. The archives for these journals will remain on JSTOR, and we will continue to add new content every year.

How does this affect new content on JSTOR?

The end of the JHP will have no impact on content in the JSTOR Archival Journal collections and Thematic Collections; all JHP content included in these collections will continue to be updated regularly and will become available as the moving wall advances. Only JHP content ahead of the wall will not be accessible on JSTOR, but as the wall advances each January, a year of content will again become available.

Important dates

The Journal Hosting Program (JHP) ended January 1, 2022. JSTOR will not publish new JHP content and JHP current issues will no longer be available on JSTOR starting March 1, 2022.

While JHP ceased 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

We are working with JHP publishers and their new platform providers to support the Transfer Code of Practice and Post-Cancellation Access (PCA) for all JHP content removed from JSTOR.

As of January 1, 2022, JSTOR will no longer offer Post-Cancellation Access for JHP Titles. To request PCA, you will need to reach out to the new hosting platform. A JHP Publisher Transition Guide for all JHP titles, including their new hosting platforms, is available for download.

Existing PCA claims

After March 1, 2022, JHP content in front of the archive moving wall for all JSTOR Archive titles will be hidden from the JSTOR site.

PCA claims for content in the JSTOR archives and behind the archive moving wall will remain active. As the wall advances each year, new content will continue to be added to the JSTOR Archive for all participating journals.

JHP-only titles that are not included in JSTOR archive collections will remain visible on the JSTOR site, but links will redirect to the new hosting website (when available) through the end of 2022. This means existing PCA claims for content in front of the moving wall will no longer be available.

PCA for Portico participants

In cases where the publisher is unable to provide PCA, Portico participants may request PCA by contacting support@portico.org. If you are not a Portico participant and want to learn more, contact us.

To expedite Portico processing, please include the following information:

  • PCA template filled in with the specific titles, volumes, or years you electronically subscribed to
  • The publisher or agent with whom you carried the subscription
  • Copies of invoices or purchase orders (screenshots from your ordering system are acceptable)

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.