Content usage in 2019

231 million

article views
and downloads

7 million

images viewed

252 million

content accesses

21 million

ebook chapter views
and downloads

262 million

searches on JSTOR

As in previous years, we see that JSTOR’s top used journal articles and book chapters of 2019 are a mix of current trending topics and old articles, accentuating the value of JSTOR’s complete archival coverage.

Top 10 book chapters

  1. Index of Film Titles
    The Last Great American Picture Show
  2. Filmography and Index of Films
    Music and Levels of Narration in Film
  3. Does social media make people happier?
    How the World Changed Social Media
  4. What is social media?
    How the World Changed Social Media
  5. Social media and social relationships
    Social Media in Industrial China
  6. Academic studies of social media
    How the World Changed Social Media
  7. The Industrial Revolution: Marxist Perspectives
    The Birth of Capitalism
  8. Consequences of Marijuana Use
    Considering Marijuana Legalization
  9. Digital media and the rise of right-wing populism
    Social Theory after the Internet
  10. The Great Gatsby: An Unusual Case of Mate Poaching
    American Classics

Content growth in 2019

JSTOR and Artstor continuously work with publishers, museums, scholars, artists, and others to make their content discoverable.

Added in 2019

60 journals

15,000+ ebooks
including 1,300 Open Access ebooks

9 Artstor collections

Total now available

2,700+ journals

85,000 ebooks

2.5 million core collection images

615,000+ Open Artstor images

Popular webinars

Our most popular webinars of the year went beyond basic research, with a broad selection of content appealing to faculty and librarians. Remember, we post new webinars regularly, and they can be watched live or as recordings.

Copyright law and the public domain

Marcie Kaufman, Counsel at ITHAKA, discusses how US law determines whether a work is in copyright or in the Public Domain, and  introduces tools, including our new Copyright Checkpoint, for helping users determine the copyright status of images, books, journals, and other textual materials.

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Librarian and faculty collaboration for student success

Ever wish there was more collaboration at your school? Wendy DeGroat, librarian at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia, explores various techniques that foster collaboration with colleagues to improve student success.

Read tips from participating educators

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How to build search skills with JSTOR

This webinar highlights several features of JSTOR that can help students build search skills and craft better research strategies.

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Learn about copyright and image use with Artstor

Join us for a review of basic guidelines for working with images in research and education, such as determining if an image is under copyright, understanding the permitted uses of the images you find in Artstor’s free, publicly available collections, as well as how Artstor’s copyright-cleared subscription-based collections can make your work with images easier.

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Digitizing printed Arabic journals: is a scalable solution possible?

Digitizing Arabic-language scholarly content presents a number of challenges: how can it be done cost-efficiently, accurately, and at scale? Join ITHAKA’s Anne Ray and John Kiplinger with Matt Miller from the Open Islamicate Texts Initiative as we discuss our approach and findings, contextualize them in the broader landscape of Arabic-language scholarly publishing and licensing, and report on some areas for further research.

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New and expanded initiatives

We continue to increase access to education and research around the world, broadening our free and open content, creating helpful tools, and introducing a program in which institutions can make their collections openly available.

South Asian historical materials openly available

JSTOR and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) have made the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA)—a rich and growing collection of historical and contemporary sources in the arts, humanities, and social sciences from and about South Asia—openly available. This is the first in a new initiative for institutions to host their open primary source collections on JSTOR.

Browse the SAOA collections

Open Artstor

Artstor is making an increasing amount of Creative Commons-licensed museum, library, and archive collections selected for their value to the humanities and sciences freely accessible to everyone on its platform—already a destination for scholars using visual media.

New this year:

Copyright Checkpoint BETA

Copyright is complicated, so we made a tool to help! Answer a few simple questions and examine the rights status of images and text in your collections.

Try it now

Higher education in prisons

JSTOR and ITHAKA S+R are collaborating with a small cohort of prison programs to understand the challenges of learning in prisons and to pilot new, creative mechanisms to make the published scholarly literature on JSTOR available for use in prison education.

Learn more

Social media

Like the most-used content in JSTOR, our two most popular tweets of the year also span through eras, celebrating and deconstructing musical icons from two generations.


In “Why Aren’t We Curious About the Things We Want to Be Curious About?,” The New York Times recommends JSTOR Daily, writing “If you wish for more serious reading when you surf the web… You just need to frequent better foraging grounds.”

Top 10 stories of 2019

  1. Sorry, but Jane Eyre Isn’t the Romance You Want It to Be
  2. Anthropologists Hid African Same-Sex Relationships
  3. How “Carpe Diem” Got Lost in Translation
  4. A Mini History of the Tiny Purse
  5. Is There a Witch Bottle in Your House?
  6. What’s Causing the Rise of Hoarding Disorder?
  7. Should I Kill Spiders in My Home?
  8. The Lost City of Heracleion
  9. How Natural Black Hair at Work Became a Civil Rights Issue
  10. Regrowing Germany’s Trees After WWII