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Publisher Sales Service: Or buying an article/issue a la carte

Lauren Trimble


Approximately 1,000 journals also have single articles or issues for sale through JSTOR. Fees for those articles represent a price set by the publisher plus a flat fee to cover JSTOR’s costs for providing the service. Please contact JSTOR Website Support with any questions about this program.  

Issues and articles offered for sale will appear with a Download button, citing a specific price. Like this: 

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When you find an article you want to purchase, the option will be available to the right hand side of the article page. Once you press the download button, you'll get a pop-up window. On the left hand side, you'll find two links, one for purchasing the individual article and another for the full issue. The right hand side of the pop-up outlines the process. 

You'll need to sign into your MyJSTOR account to continue with your purchase. From there, add the article or issue to your cart and continue through PayPal (if you're unsure how to do that we have the steps outlined in the JPASS section.)

What to do after you've purchased an article or issue: How to read it, how long you have it and whether you get a paper copy. 

If you’re here, chances are you’re a little hazy on what to do after purchasing an article on JSTOR. Where is it? Is the stork dropping it off or…? 

Never fear, the answers are here!

  • Go to and make sure you’re logged in. To check, look in the upper right corner. It should say, “Welcome Firstname Lastname.” If it doesn’t, just click Login in the upper right corner and log in to your account.
  • Go to your Purchase History. To get there, hover your cursor over the MyJSTOR tab at the top of the page and choose “Purchase History” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on the article title in the Purchase History list to be taken to the article. 

Once you're at the article page, click the blue “Download PDF” button. The article will appear in a new window. The first page is the cover page, so be sure to scroll down to see the actual text of the article. At this point, you can save the document to your computer, print it, close it – go nuts!

To be super clear, you won't be getting a paper copy of your article from us. We request a mailing address when you purchase your articles because our webshop processes orders for subscriptions to journals published by Indiana University Press, which sometimes include print issues. 

Will I lose access to articles I purchased and downloaded?

Nope! You will have permanent access to downloaded PDFs through your MyJSTOR account.  They can be downloaded to your mobile device or desktop at any time.

Single article purchases are listed in the “Purchase History” section.