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Discovery & Linking: HOLD

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