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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. Whether or not you’re logged in, you’ll 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. 


Once you press the "Read Online (Free)" button you'll get a box prompting you to add the article to your shelf. On the left hand side, push the button that says "Add To Shelf."

You'll then be taken to your shelf where you'll be asked if you really want to add the article. Press "Add To Shelf" and read away!

Once you add content to your shelf, you'll be able to view it as full-text page images. You can always come back to the shelf portion of your MyJSTOR account to find the articles you've saved there. 

To remove an article from your shelf:

Sign in and go to the shelf portion of your MyJSTOR account. Scroll down to the article you want to remove.

Please note that you will only be able to remove an article after its been on your self for fourteen days. You'll know that you can remove it when you a button appears beneath the article description that says "Remove From 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 shut it down/burn it to the ground, pleasecontact us and we'll take it from there.