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Alternative Access for Independent Scholars

Subscriptions to Individual Journals

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We also work with publishers and scholarly societies to offer individual access to specific journals.

Indiana University Press is the only publisher that offers subscriptions directly through our website. Generally, it will depend on the journal as to whether it's available on a subscription basis. If you want to know whether something's available, contact us!

If you're already a member of a society with access to JSTOR or subscribe to an individual journal, there are generally two means of access available to you. You should double check with your society/visit the website of the journal you subscribe to for concrete details. If you're still not sure, we're happy to walk you through the process. 

Password access:

Individual subscribers authenticate using their MyJSTOR accounts on JSTOR.  Publishers send membership/subscriber information to JSTOR, and then JSTOR creates an activation link and sends access instructions to each member/subscriber.

Scripted access:

Some publishers and societies create and maintain the individual accounts to JSTOR for their members.  You may need to first login at the website of the society or publisher.  The site will pass your authentication to JSTOR for access to their content.

Once you've purchased your journal, you'll probably want to find the best content it has to offer. And quickly. 

Searching within your specific journal:

Let’s take "Anthropology Now" as an example.  

Using Basic Search

To search for articles in Anthropology Now using Basic Search on the JSTOR home page, you’ll need to use the journal title field abbreviation "jo:" to restrict your search for content in that journal. Then, you'll put the journal title in quotation marks and follow it with the term of your choice.

A final example would be: jo:"anthropology now" vampires

Advanced Search

To restrict an Advanced Search, you’ll want to narrow by publication title.  This can be done in two ways:

  1. You can use the basic search format above and plug it directly into the first field of Advanced Search. 
  2. Type the journal title in the Publication title field. This field is the sixth from the top of Advanced Search. You can find it under date range and Language. 
  3. Expand the pertinent discipline and check "Anthropology Now" from the journals listed.

Browse by Title

We have step-by-step instructions for using Browse by Title. Generally though, you can go to the browse page and select “Anthropology Now” from the titles listed.  You'll then be directed to the journal page. From there you can use the "Search In This Title" field (the search field at the very top of the page/the only search field on the page) to find what you need.


Alumni Access

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Some universities offer JSTOR access as a perk of joining the alumni association. It will entirely depend on your alma mater. Below, you'll find a comprehensive list of institutions that have JSTOR access for alumni. 



Tell your institution you want them to participate. They can contact us to learn about participation. Key points of participation are below. 

The program is open to eligible higher education institutions worldwide, excepting institutions that have low or no-cost access via the Developing Nations Access Initiative or African Access Initiative. Alumni Access is licensed as a single, separate collection covering all JSTOR archive journal content licensed by the institution. The participation fee is 10% of the institution’s total Annual Access Fee (AAF), and can be billed separately from the institution’s archive collections.

Subscribing institutions must support the bifurcation of alumni from their main JSTOR account via one of the following methods:

  • IP authentication: Routes alumni through a separate IP address that is unshared with current students and staff.
  • Referring URL authentication: Routes alumni through a restricted page on your website. Alumni must authenticate via a unique username and password or similar methods to gain access.

Register and Read

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By registering for a MyJSTOR account, you can read three articles every two weeks.

To register you will need to:

  1. create a username and password
  2. provide an email
  3. provide your name

There will be an opportunity to keep yourself logged in and to sign up for news items from JSTOR and/or JSTOR-participating publishers. To opt-in to any of those, you'll need to check the corresponding checkbox. You can start on the registration page

Once you’re registered, go crazy! Find an article you want. (To do that you can limit your search to Register and Read content.)

Whether or not you’re logged in, you’ll see a series of buttons to the right of the citation information. If the article is part of Register and Read (our free program), you’ll see a “Read Online (Free)” button. Add content to your shelf to view it as full-text page images. After 14 days, you may remove it and add new items to your shelf.

PDF versions of some articles will also be available for purchase and download. If you purchase articles from your shelf, the PDF versions may be stored and accessed in your MyJSTOR account at any time. 

How to change the details of your account:

Go to the My Profile portion of the MyJSTOR dropdown menu. The drop-down menu is found in the upper left hand corner of the screen. (It's the fourth option from the left.) Clicking on "My Profile" will take you to an editable form where you can change your name, email address, password, country, state, institution, academic status, etc. You will also be able to opt in to JSTOR mailings. 

How to delete your account:

If you decide you don't want your account anymore and would like us to delete it, contact us and we'll take it from there. 

How to manage your shelf

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You’ve signed up for a MyJSTOR account and you’re ready to start reading! To start off, unless the publisher has marked an article as free (in which case you'll see the "Download PDF" option), Register and Read will only allow you to read your chosen articles online. You won't be able to download them. To get started, you first have to add articles to your shelf. Here’s how:

  •  When you find an article you’d like to read, check to see if the blue banner at the top says “Read Online Free” on the top right hand side. If it has this button, it is a part of Register and Read and can be added to your shelf.
  • Click the "Read Online (Free)" button. If you are not already logged in, you may log in with your MyJSTOR credentials when prompted or create a new account. You will be taken back to the article after this process.
  • After you click the "Read Online (Free)" button, you'll be given a window with a button telling you to "Add To Shelf." This will take you to your MyJSTOR shelf, where you'll be asked to confirm that you want add the article. Choose carefully, once an article is added to your shelf it can’t be removed for 14 days.
  • It’s ready! You can find your shelf under the drop down menu “MyJSTOR”. The article will stay on your shelf for 14 days. After this time you will have the option to remove it and replace it with something new. You’ll know an article is ready to be removed when the  “Remove” button appears underneath it.

How anyone can read Early Journal Content and why you should care

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At present, JSTOR provides wide access to scholarly content to people through a growing network of more than 8,000 institutions throughout 160 countries. However, we know that this network still does not include everyone.

On September 6th, 2011, as a step to widen this network and be more inclusive, we made journal content in JSTOR published before 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 everywhere else available online for free to all users. This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. This Early Journal Content includes nearly 500,000 articles and comprises 6% of the content on JSTOR.

To find this content: