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JSTOR is one of the largest and most reputable journal archives in the world. This page is to facilitate signups for a pilot collaboration between the Wikimedia Foundation and JSTOR. This pilot provides free access to JSTOR's complete archive to 100 500 active editors for one year, in order to better support the most active and experienced authors of the encyclopedia. Active through December 2015. See blog post.

The content set currently available to the Wikipedia editors includes all of JSTOR's archival journal collections (now about ~2,000 journals) and the 19th Century British Pamphlets collection (26,000 pamphlets), but the books (~20,000) and the current journals (more recent issues for ~300 titles) are not available in the Wikipedia pilot. TWL is working with JSTOR to potentially expand the package available to editors.

Note that around a hundred universities provide free alumni access – please check if this applies to you!

To get access[edit]

  1. You will need to be an active editor. If you haven't been particularly active lately, preference may be given to another request.
  2. You will need to have a confirmed email address, and be willing to provide this address to someone from the Foundation and to JSTOR (unlike Wikipedia, JSTOR access requires email). The Interior is the current contact.
  3. You will need to sign up here, with access given out in the order of signups. Please sign up even if the 500 person limit has been reached, so that overall interest can be measured and we can get a waitlist started. Before you post a request, please check on this page to see whether you already have access through your local public library and/or educational institution.

Please be aware[edit]

  • If you are given access but fail to register an account within a reasonable time, you may be asked to relinquish it to another requester.
  • There is no minimum usage requirement, but if you're not really using your account and you're willing to give it to another person on the list, please let the account coordinator know.
  • You will need to abide by the JSTOR Terms of Service, and should be comfortable with the fine print in the JSTOR Privacy Policy.


  • You do not have free online access to these JSTOR products through your local library or university
  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or on your home wiki linked from your application; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of six months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, or verification work
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered.


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the JSTOR website they are accessing

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others
  • Mass scrape or mass download JSTOR content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the Pilot for any commercial purpose
Private and confidential information
  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. You understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and JSTOR. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or JSTOR), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


External video
English-language tutorial from Texas A&M University Commerce
Spanish-language tutorial from Universidad de La Sabana
  • Editors should always provide original citation information, in addition to linking a JSTOR article, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT
  • Editors should not provide bare links to non-free JSTOR pages
  • Editors should credit JSTOR and denote the registration requirement by adding |registration=yes and either the |via=[[JSTOR]] or |jstor= parameters to {{cite}} or {{citation}} templates as appropriate, or by using the standalone template, {{Subscription required |via=[[JSTOR]]}}


Closed access articles
  • <ref>{{cite journal |last=Ziff |first=David
    |title=Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant
    |journal=[[Columbia Law Review]] |volume=105 |issue=3 |pages=841–872 |date=April 2005
    |jstor=4099480 |1=<nowiki>|registration=yes }}}}</ref>
  • Ziff, David (April 2005). "Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant". Columbia Law Review. 105 (3): 841–872. JSTOR 4099480. (Registration required (help)). 
  • <ref>{{cite journal |last=Ziff |first=David
    |title=Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant
    |journal=[[Columbia Law Review]] |volume=105 |issue=3 |pages=841–872 |date=April 2005
    |registration=yes |jstor=4099480 }}</ref>
  • Ziff, David (April 2005). "Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant". Columbia Law Review. 105 (3): 841–872. JSTOR 4099480. (Registration required (help)). 
  • <ref>{{cite journal |last=Ziff |first=David
    |title=Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant
    |journal=[[Columbia Law Review]] |volume=105 |issue=3 |pages=841–872 |date=April 2005
    |jstor=4099480 }}{{Subscription required |via=[[JSTOR]]}}</ref>
  • Ziff, David (April 2005). "Fourth Amendment Limitations on the Execution of Computer Searches Conducted Pursuant to a Warrant". Columbia Law Review. 105 (3): 841–872. JSTOR 4099480.  – via JSTOR (subscription required)
Free-to-read article in JSTOR
  • <ref>{{cite journal|last1=Jerome|first1=Fred|title=Einstein, Race, and the Myth of the Cultural Icon|journal=Isis|date=December 2004|volume=95|issue=4|pages=627–639|doi=10.1086/430653|jstor=10.1086/430653}} {{free access}}</ref>


On-wiki signups for this partner are closed. If/when new accounts become available, editors will apply on the new centralised Library Card platform.
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

  1. Khruner (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I'm mostly active in articles related to ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, I no longer have the opportunity to use JSTOR from my university. Khruner (talk) 21:11, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
  2. Nableezy (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), mostly active in contemporary Middle East politics, with some history thrown in, would find it most useful for international law and some architecture pages Nableezy (talk) 17:42, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
  3. Maragm (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), cover mainly Medieval subjects and think it would be of great help to have access. --Maragm (talk) 20:21, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
  4. Rosiestep (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), I've been editing since 2007; sysop since 2009; 116,000+ edits; 1,200+ DYK articles; co-founder Women in Red. JSTOR references come up often in my research, so it would be helpful to have this access, mainly for biographies. Thank you, --Rosiestep (talk) 23:27, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
  5. Lemongirl942 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been editing since November 2015 and quite a few of my edits consist of adding sources to articles about Southeast Asia (Singapore/Malaysia) and to a certain extent about East Asia. I have often observed journal articles which are available from JSTOR (such as the Malaysian branch of the Royal Asiatic Society). It would be helpful for me to have access. --Lemongirl942 (talk) 13:51, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
  6. P Aculeius (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), Involved mostly in projects relating to Roman history, specifically Roman gentes, magistracies, and individual biographies. A lot of historical material and scholarship is only accessible through JSTOR. None of the public libraries in my state subscribe, and neither of the universities I attended offers free alumni access. I often have to consult numerous sources for a single article; the shelf limits aren't sufficient for that. P Aculeius (talk) 15:33, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
  7. Indy beetle (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have had an official Wikipedia account since January 2016. Most of my edits revolve around 20th century American politics, obscure areas of the World Wars, colonial wars, and the Congo Crisis. I've also worked on topics such as Swiss-American relations and government surveillance. I think JSTOR, with its collections of journals like Foreign Affairs would be really helpful in my fact-finding and content creation. I know of one edition of a journal in particular that could help me with the colonial war article. I currently do not have any means of accessing JSTOR. The reliable sources it has would be of invaluable assistance. -Indy beetle (talk) 02:16, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
  8. nmclough (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), I already have JSTOR "register and read" which is okay. Rely heavily on online libraries / open access as have little library access - focus is history. Nmclough (talk) 21:23, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
  9. Gazal world (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), I have an account on jstor, but I am not able to read all articles on jstor. I am working on Gujarati as well Indian literature related articles on English Wikipedia and created 100+ articles on topics related to Gujarati literature. Very few open sources are available in English related to Gujarati literature and I frequently need accesss to English sources. So, Having access to JSTOR would be a great help to cite more sources. Thank you. Gazal world (talk) 19:23, 31 March 2017 (UTC)
  10. KJRehberg (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am a frequent copyeditor and fact checker for as many Wikipedia articles as I can get my hands on. Having access to JSTOR would be a great resource to correct and cite even more articles, including those I have written myself. Thank you.
  11. LouisAragon (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Active for several years, and have created more than a hundred articles, with almost all of them being history-related (Europe/ME). Getting access to JSTOR would be great, as they offer many top notch history-related works and journals. This would aid me alot in my area of activity. - LouisAragon (talk) 01:30, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
  12. Jeff G. (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi. I have been editing English Wikipedia for ten years and have 96,000+ edits. I frequently need to find more information for mainspace and draft articles and substantiate the information already present. JSTOR access would be invaluable in helping me to fill that need. It would also help with my work on Simple English Wikipedia. Thank you for your consideration.   — Jeff G. ツ (talk) 19:43, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
  13. Skr15081997 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My areas of interest include history, politics, and films. I often write articles on books related to these fields and my search for book reviews frequently leads me to JSTOR and I have to make requests at WP:RX. A few examples are Symphony Six, Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom, Ozu's Anti-Cinema and The Prime Ministers. Access to this source will greatly help me. Thanks, --Skr15081997 (talk) 13:39, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
  14. Prabhanjanmutalik (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hello! I am in the process of creating articles for Dvaita. Being a niche in Indian Philosophy, the sources in English are hard to find. Access to JSTOR will be extremely beneficial as it has many papers on the Dvaita school of thought.
  15. Mramoeba (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Although I have just under 1000 edits I already have 5 DYKs and I am active in creating and expanding articles including (but not limited to) biographies, physicists and astrophysicists, addiction and recovery and currently Russian history. I could use this valuable resource. Thanks for considering me. Mramoeba (talk) 22:46, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
  16. Belladonna2 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I'm editing for German Wikipedia since 10 years. I often write articles on female botanists. Jstor would help me to find further informations about their lifes and their scientific research. --Belladonna2 (talk) 12:39, 8 May 2017 (UTC)
  17. Shearonink (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) 24K+ edits, GA Cup Winner (April 2017), EotW(May 2016) . I thought I had JSTOR but I apparently don't. Would be really useful to have for my editing around here. For instance I came across a reference today that I really wanted to check and I can't because the source is an (inaccessible to me/out-of-print) journal/magazine. I was thinking of taking on at least one massive GA Review but I really don't want to attempt this without JSTOR access through Wikipedia - I do not have access to JSTOR in any other way. Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 21:26, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  18. Erictheenquirer (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)I am an editor of Palestine-Israel articles (since 2013) which is a highly contentious topic subject to special arbitration WP:ARBPIA and benefitting greatly from the very highest quality verifiable publications such as are found on JSTOR. On many occasions I have encountered that JSTOR was the only source for indicated references, but have been unable to access them. Erictheenquirer (talk) 09:49, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  19. Sagecandor (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). Enjoy creating new articles — latest example is Trump Revealed for a good case study of the level of research I engage in while writing new articles. Sagecandor (talk) 05:38, 5 July 2017 (UTC)


  1. HistoryofIran (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email), I have created 472 articles in Middle Eastern (Iranian) related history subjects and single handedly probably made the most contributions to topics of this area. Also been a user here for 4 years. Thus I would like to have JSTOR renewed again, as I am in great need of new sources. --HistoryofIran (talk) 11:43, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
  2. AnthroMimus (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My access is set to expire on or about April 4. I use JSTOR in connection with very major re-writes of articles, wee: Squanto, Archibald Cox, Stanley Steingut, Canada warbler, Bartolomew Gosnold, Ferdinando Gorges, John F. Hylan, John Smith (explorer), William Merritt Chase, as well as many miscellaneous cites in various articles. (You can see the via-JSTOR in each of these to verify.) Some of these are still works in progress. I am in midst of big re-write of Georg Frideric Handel (you can see the articles I have added in "sources"), but I can't finish without JSTOR. These re-writes often take several months because I combine JSTOR with library reach and read books on the subjects. This is why I wanted to give heads up before I was cut off. If I'm not renewed I'd just as soon not continue working on Handel now. Cheers AnthroMimus (talk) 22:03, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
  3. Wilfridselsey (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My account seems to have expired! I find JSTOR useful for researching mainly Anglo-Saxon and local history. Wilfridselsey (talk) 12:44, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.