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Discovery & Linking: HOLD

Table of Contents

Brian Larsen

What we mean when we talk about discovery services:

The idea behind a Web Scale Discovery Service is to give your library users a single point of entry to your collection and its physical and digital content. There are layers to this sort of service which often include a central index and a link resolver. The index holds information (metadata including author name, issue number, volume, etc) about your collection while the link resolver takes the user directly to the content they're searching for. Generally, discovery services require regular upkeep and re-configuration as you grow or trim your collection.


JSTOR & Discovery Services

Brian Larsen

If you manage a discovery service, you can use our Quick Reference Guides (found below) to help you best configure it. Our guides should help you make sense of your discovery service and allow you to surface all kinds of content, including articles, books and pamphlets on JSTOR.  If these products aren't correctly configured, users can miss out on crucial stuff in your library.

We’ve worked with index discovery service providers (e.g. Ex Libris, EBSCO, OCLC, and ProQuest) to better understand: (1) how the content available on the JSTOR platform is represented in these services; (2) what the drivers of relevancy are in these systems and (3) what steps are required by libraries to ensure JSTOR is discoverable in these services.  We were a little alarmed at the number of institutions that were finding only a small percentage of their licensed JSTOR content discoverable in these systems.

In summary: Make sure you set your services up correctly. Call us if you need help and we can point you to right place. 

Quick Reference Guide Files

EBSCO: LinkSource
Ex Libris: Alma
Ex Libris: Primo
Ex Libris: SFX
OCLC: WorldCat Discovery Service (coming soon)
ProQuest: 360 Link
ProQuest: Summon

JSTOR & Link Resolvers

Brian Larsen


JSTOR supports OpenURL linking for all content. Users at institutions that have activated a link resolver for use with JSTOR will see OpenURL links for all content in collections not licensed by their institutions.

To activate OpenURL links for your institution, please send the following information to JSTOR User Support:

  • The Base URL for your linking server (for example,
  • (optional) If you would like a customized button to appear instead of the generic JSTOR button, then please send us your .gif or .jpeg image as an attachment, or a URL from where we can download the image. For accessibility and formatting reasons, your image must be at least 20 pixels in height and have a maximum width of 150 pixels.
  • Sometimes. when you get a broken link, it's because the initial link wasn't written correctly via OpenURL. Here are the right pieces for constructing an OpenURL on JSTOR. 

Base URL for JSTOR:

Here's a sample link with an added issn, volume, issue and starting page:

Supported OpenURL v0.1 parameters:

title: Book/Journal title

aulast: author last name

aufirst: author firstname

volume: This is applicable for article

issue: This is applicable for article

spage: start page

issn: journal

isbn: book

date: Publication date (YYYY or YYYY-MM or YYYY-MM-DD)

id=doi: XXXX - DOI (where XXXX is the ID value)


Using link resolvers to retrieve content outside of JSTOR:

JSTOR is dedicated to providing a trusted electronic archive of scholarly journals. In balancing the interests of publishers, libraries, and users, JSTOR archival collections do not include access to the most recent issues of journals to ensure that publisher interests are not undermined. However, the digital environment offers opportunities to link together disparate and related resources, and we have been working hard to develop a program that joins the back issues with the more recent issues in a way that makes the experience for users seamless. For this reason, JSTOR supports and encourages its participating institutions’ use of link resolvers.


General guidelines when linking to JSTOR stuff:

JSTOR encourages the use of links to facilitate access to the Content by Authorized Users and Institutional Licensees, including but not limited to links to online syllabi, bibliographies, and reading lists. All Content has a stable URL that can be found in the Browse and Search interfaces of JSTOR's website as well as on the Article Information page. Contact us for further questions about establishing stable links to JSTOR.

Please review the JSTOR Linking Agreement or contact for more information on generating links to the JSTOR platform.


Why JSTOR sometimes has links to articles that are NOT published on JSTOR:

Sometimes JSTOR displays citation information (and a link) to the full-text of articles that are hosted on external sites. 

For these titles, users are able to search and browse for the title, author, and abstract information for articles in the recent issues in addition to searching the full text for the past articles in JSTOR archive. Users with a subscription to the journals held by our current issue providers, either through their library or individually, are able to follow direct links to the full-text articles available through these providers.

If an institution has an OpenURL link resolver, we are able to replace these links to external content with a link back to their link resolver. If you would like us activate OpenURL linking, please send your Base URL and customized OpenURL button image (optional) to

JSTOR & The XML Gateway

Brian Larsen

The JSTOR XML Gateway was created to better facilitate metasearching, which is also known as "federated searching" or "cross-database searching".  Imagine it as a place where chunks of JSTOR's XML data live to be searched for, grabbed and used. We chose the Search and Retrieve URL (SRU) Service as its basis.

The SRU Service is a Web Services-based protocol for querying databases and returning search results and incorporates elements of the Z39.50 protocol for Information Retrieval. It uses the Contextual Query Language (CQL) as the format for submitting search queries. It allows for both very simple queries as well as complex, powerful queries involving Boolean operators, nesting, etc. The search results are returned as XML records in Dublin Core format and are listed in order of relevancy ranking. By providing the search results in XML (short for eXtensible Markup Language), the JSTOR XML Gateway transfers article metadata in a standard format to the metasearch engine for display to the user. To learn more about SRU and the related protocol of Search and Retrieve Web Service (SRW), please visit:


What's available in the gateway anywho?

  • JSTOR Archive Collections

  • Books at JSTOR
  • JSTOR Current Scholarship Program Journals
  • 19th Century British Pamphlets


Metasearching for JSTOR Participating Institutions

Participating institutions are required to sign a JSTOR Metasearch Rider in addition to their existing Institutional Participation Agreement before we will enable access to the XML Gateway. If you are a current JSTOR Participant, please contact The JSTOR Discovery team will then send you the Rider and documentation for using the search API.


Metasearching for JSTOR Non-Participating Institutions

Non-participants in JSTOR are required to sign an agreement.
Potential metadata partners are also required to fill out a questionnaire, which asks them to describe their product, corporate governance, and other information.
Please write to to obtain the agreement and questionnaire.
Once the proper Agreement has been signed, we will provide a copy of the JSTOR XML Gateway Usage Guide and enable your IP addresses.



JSTOR & Metadata (You are deep in the data Nerdom now. P.S. we love you.)

Brian Larsen

The XML files for each of Archives, Current Journal content, and Books were created from data JSTOR has in its delivery system. An effort has been made to both use specific tag sets (JATS 1.0 Archiving for journals, and the draft BITS 0.2 for books), and to make the data more consistent. JSTOR's journal content, and CSP content in particular, represents a variety of practice and markup philosophy across publishers and time.

We provide JSTOR metadata for books and journals, updated on a weekly basis, to the following organizations for indexing in their web-scale discovery platforms:

Ex Libris - Primo Central
OCLC - WorldCat Discovery Service
Serials Solutions (ProQuest) - Summon
TDNet - TDNet Discover

Getting your hands on that sweet, sweet metadata

Both participating JSTOR institutions and non-participating organizations may license JSTOR metadata for the JSTOR Archive, Current Scholarship Program, and Books at JSTOR.

KBART Files of JSTOR Content

Brian Larsen

On this page you will find links to KBART Phase II formatted title lists for the JSTOR Archive Collections, JSTOR Current Scholarship Program, and Books at JSTOR. This is the complete list of all JSTOR holdings. Click Institution's Holdings to get a file specific to what you license from JSTOR.

Per KBART recommended practices, these title lists are provided in the format of tab-delimited .txt files. To view these files in a spreadsheet program like Excel, first download the file to your computer (right-click then Save As), then open the file using Excel by right-clicking the file and selecting the "open with" option.  

If you have any questions about these title lists, please contact or visit the Discovery & Linking pages in Help & Support.

JSTOR Archive Collections 
JSTOR Archive: Complete Title List 
Arts & Sciences I 
Arts & Sciences II 
Arts & Sciences III 
Arts & Sciences IV 
Arts & Sciences V 
Arts & Sciences VI 
Arts & Sciences VII 
Arts & Sciences VIII 
Arts & Sciences IX 
Arts & Sciences X 
Arts & Sciences XI 
Arts & Sciences XII 
Arts & Sciences XIII 
Arts & Sciences XIV 
Arts & Sciences XV 
Biological Sciences 
Business I 
Business II 
Business III 
Business IV 
Business & Economics 
Ecology & Botany I 
Ecology & Botany II 
Health & General Sciences 
Hebrew Journals 
Jewish Studies 
Language & Literature 
Life Sciences 
Mathematics & Statistics 
Mathematics & Statistics Legacy 
Music Legacy 
Religion & Theology

JSTOR Primary Source Collections 
19th Century British Pamphlets

JSTOR Current Scholarship Program 
JSTOR CSP Journals: Complete Title List 
2016 CSP Discipline Packages Master Title List 
2016 CSP Publisher Packages Master Title List

Books at JSTOR 
Books at JSTOR: All Books Title List 
Books at JSTOR: DDA Title List  
Books at JSTOR: Open Access Title List  
Books at JSTOR: EBA Pilot Title List  
Books at JSTOR: 2016 Subject Collections Master Title List [Updated 2016-10-18] 
Archaeology 2012 (Set 1) 
Archaeology 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Business & Economics 2012 (Set 1) 
Business & Economics 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Business & Economics 2015 (Set 1) 
Business & Economics 2015 (Set 2) 
Education 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Education 2015 (Set 1) 
Film Studies 2012 (Set 1) 
Film Studies 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Film Studies 2015 (Set 1) 
Film Studies 2015 (Set 2) 
Film Studies 2015 (Set 3) 
History 2013 (Set 1) 
History 2013 (Set 2) 
History 2013 (Set 3) 
History 2013 (Set 4) 
History 2014 (Set 1) 
History 2014 (Set 2) 
History 2015 (Set 1) 
History 2015 (Set 2) 
History 2016 (Set 1) 
History 2016 (Set 2) 
History 2015 (Set 3) 
History 2015 (Set 4) 
History 2015 (Set 5) 
History 2015 (Set 6) 
History 2015 (Set 7) 
Language & Literature 2013 (Set 1) 
Language & Literature 2013 (Set 2) 
Language & Literature 2013 (Set 3) 
Language & Literature 2013 (Set 4) 
Language & Literature 2014 (Set 1) 
Language & Literature 2014 (Set 2) 
Language & Literature 2015 (Set 1) 
Language & Literature 2015 (Set 2) 
Language & Literature 2015 (Set 3) 
Language & Literature 2015 (Set 4) 
Language & Literature 2016 (Set 1) 
Law 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Law 2015 (Set 1) 
Music 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Music 2015 (Set 1) 
Philosophy 2012 (Set 1) 
Philosophy 2013-2014 (Set 1) 
Philosophy 2015 (Set 1) 
Philosophy 2015 (Set 2) 
Political Science 2013 (Set 1) 
Political Science 2013 (Set 2) 
Political Science 2013 (Set 3) 
Political Science 2014 (Set 1) 
Political Science 2014 (Set 2) 
Political Science 2015 (Set 1) 
Political Science 2015 (Set 2) 
Political Science 2015 (Set 3) 
Political Science 2016 (Set 1) 
Religion 2012 (Set 1) 
Religion 2013 (Set 1) 
Religion 2014 (Set 1) 
Religion 2015 (Set 1) 
Religion 2015 (Set 2) 
Religion 2015 (Set 3) 
Science & Technology 2013 (Set 1) 
Science & Technology 2013 (Set 2) 
Science & Technology 2013 (Set 3) 
Science & Technology 2014 (Set 1) 
Science & Technology 2015 (Set 1) 
Science & Technology 2015 (Set 2) 
Sociology 2013 (Set 1) 
Sociology 2013 (Set 2) 
Sociology 2013 (Set 3) 
Sociology 2014 (Set 1) 
Sociology 2014 (Set 2) 
Sociology 2015 (Set 1) 
Sociology 2015 (Set 2) 
Sociology 2015 (Set 3) 
Sociology 2016 (Set 1) 
Spanish Collection 2016 (Set 1) 
Spanish Collection 2016 (Set 2) 
Spanish Collection 2016 (Set 3) 
Spanish Collection 2016 (Set 4) 
Spanish Collection 2016 (Set 5) 
Sustainability (Set 1) 
Sustainability (Set 2) 
Sustainability (Set 3) 
Sustainability (Set 4) 
Sustainability (Set 5) 
Sustainability (Set 6) 
Sustainability (Set 7)

Books at JSTOR Plants [Updated 2015-08-28] 
Books at JSTOR Plants: 2015 Plants Subject Collections Master Title List 
Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecology (Set 1) 
Botany (Set 1) 
Forestry, Ferns & Mosses (Set 1) 
Garden & Landscape Design (Set 1) 
Useful Plants (Set 1)

JSTOR For-Profit Academic Institution (FPAI) Collections 
FPAI Arts & Sciences IV 

Other Title Lists DNAI Tier 3 Collection 
JSTOR Core - India Collection 
JSTOR Corporate Collection 
JSTOR Early Journal Content 
Public Library I Collection 
Public Library II Collection 
Public Library III Collection (see Notes) 

2016 CSP titles: Publishers/titles joining the Current Scholarship Program in 2016 will not be included in the CSP title lists until they are LIVE on the JSTOR platform.  

Books at JSTOR Subject Sets: The Sustainability Collections Sets are not comprised of books with publication dates from a given year or given set of years. For example, Sustainability 1 might have a book with a publication date of 2005. For all other collections (except Sustainability 2), all the books in the set have the publications year or years that are in the name of the set. 

Early Journal Content: EJC is not an official JSTOR collection. In 2011, JSTOR made journal content published prior to 1923 in the United States, and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available. See

JSTOR FPAI Collections: Most of the FPAI collections are no longer offered, FPAI ASIV being the exception.  

Public Library Collections
-Collection I includes Arts & Sciences I-XIV and Business IV. 
-Collection II includes Life Sciences and Ecology & Botany II. 
-Collection III includes all primary source content. Metadata/title list is only available for 19th-Century British Pamphlets, although Public Library III also includes access to Global Plants, Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa (Aluka), African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes (Aluka).