JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines.
Originally conceived as a project at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR began as an effort to ease the increasing problems faced by libraries seeking to provide adequate shelf space for the long runs of backfiles of scholarly journals. JSTOR is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in JSTOR (see JSTOR: The Moving Wall for more information).
- Arts & Sciences I - IV
- Arts & Sciences Complement
- Ecology & Botany
- General Science
- Language & Literature
- The archive currently includes over 600 important scholarly journals in 42 disciplines, and over 20 million pages of content. Access will be provided to the entire JSTOR archive, including all content added to the archive during the period of participation.
- Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, with over 500 high-quality publications available in the archive.
- JSTOR provides the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated.