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Account Coordinators for the Wikipedia Library are: The Interior and Juno who will be approving accounts and collecting email addresses.

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 Foundation contact 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 1000 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, or verification work

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
    |url= |access-date=14 April 2014
    |registration=yes |via=[[JSTOR]] }}</ref>
  • <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
    |url= |access-date=14 April 2014
    }}{{Subscription required |via=[[JSTOR]]}}</ref>
Open Access article in JSTOR where OA template is helpful for readers
  • <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|access-date=24 September 2015 |subscription=no|registration=no|via=[[JSTOR]]|doi=10.1086/430653|url=}} {{open access}}</ref>


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#{{user8|Example|Project=en}}), active areas on Wikipedia, and how you would use access to JSTOR.
  1. Lawrencekhoo (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I recently moved from one educational institution to another, and am in the office a lot more than before. I hope to use the time to improve some of the more dismal articles under the auspices of the Economics wikiproject. Unfortunately, my new educational institution does not provide access to JSTOR articles. Having access to journal articles would be a great help to my improving various Economics articles. Thanks! LK (talk) 03:54, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
  2. 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. KJRehberg (talk) 04:00, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
  3. Zezen (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been editing wiki articles since 2010 (and also before, as an IP contributor). I specialize in social history of Central Europe. A number of my edits require sourcing through archival newspaper content, unavailable in, etc. , so I had to give up on expanding the created or modified articles for the lack of verifiable refs, alas. Zezen (talk) 11:23, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
  4. Alekksandr (talk · contribs) My first edit was in July 2008 and my edit count is over 6000. My interests include Irish history (in particular judicial offices), UK and Irish political history (in particular elections and office-holders), royalty and anything else that tickles my interest (;-) Alekksandr (talk) 21:51, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
  5. Epolk (talk · contribs) I have been an editor for a decade. Per X!'s Tools I have over 17,000 edits, around 14,000 on unique pages. As the number of articles on Wikipedia have reached a critical mass, I have moved from creating and proofreading articles to creating citations for articles. The publicly available sources for searching scholarly works usually point to an abstract for an article or a pay site (e.g. JSTOR) so my ability to provide accurate and complete citations are limited. As for my areas of interest, they tend toward history and the sciences, especially zoology as this area seems to be most in need of expansion and citation of sources. Epolk (talk) 03:42, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
  6. CielProfond (talk · contribs) Mostly interested by astronomy, JSTOR is an awesome source of information. CielProfond (talk) 00:22, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
  7. 20040302 (talk · contribs) Active user since 2nd March 2004. Primary work is in Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy with several crossover areas. Particularly interested insome of the modern philosphical papers related to Madhyamaka. (20040302 (talk) 18:48, 10 October 2015 (UTC))
  8. CV9933 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I focus on repairing cite errors, finding, verifying and adding citations to articles lacking sources 220,000 backlog and expanding stubs. CV9933 (talk) 18:52, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  9. JmCor (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). I have been using JSTOR for about two years, under their "Shelf" system, which is limited to a maximum of three items at a time. I am mostly interested in the history of science and would use JSTOR to access articles in that area. JmCor (talk) 17:56, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
  10. Fredericknoronha (talk · contribs) Still awaiting the promised access... so trying again :-)
  11. MrPenguin20 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Mostly work on areas relating to politics and history, with a specific focus on Britain & the Arab world. That being said, my range is extremely broad. Whilst I previously enjoyed access through my university, the program doesn't extend to alumni. Academic sources naturally often provide information which can't be accessed freely elsewhere. Many thanks. MrPenguin20 (talk) 00:56, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
  12. Almanacer (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been an active editor since 2007 maintaining and verifying references, and creating and expanding articles in the humanities especially areas of controversy where a wide range of citations from academic journals are referenced. Almanacer (talk) 09:38, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
  13. Барсов (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi, I've been mostly editing and writing Russian articles on Wikipedia. I'm interested in JSTOR, as it will help me to write more articles on the history of education science.--Барсов (talk) 13:12, 15 October 2015 (UTC)
  14. Hgilbert (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I've been editing for 10 years, in which time I've accumulated more than 16,000 edits. I usually focus on articles related to education, philosophy, and -- more rarely -- politics. Many of the articles I reference are available through JSTOR. HGilbert (talk) 15:57, 15 October 2015 (UTC)
  15. LeftAire (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I've been editing since 2011, among my main articles are Ornithology and History related articles. I've requested access through OUP, but I'm thinking that I may also need full access to JSTOR; my university unfortunately doesn't have full access, especially for some of the Latin-American related articles I can potentially use. LeftAire (talk) 01:53, 16 October 2015 (UTC)
  16. allixpeeke (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)), I have been active on Wikipedia for over ten years (with over 5,000 edits), on Wikiquote for over twenty-one months (with almost 14,000 edits), and on Wikidata for over twenty-one months (with over 1,000 edits).  I also edit Commons and Wikisource from time to time (and I've been known to irregularly edit Wiktionary, Wikinews, Simple, and Wikibooks, among others).

    My main focus on Wikipedia has been political philosophy, while my focus tends to be broader on Wikiquote, where I've done the majority of my editing.  As an example of something I'm currently working on on Wikiquote, I've been recently focused on figures from Colonial America.  Although I've started with Maryland, I've designs eventually cover all of the major figures of that era from all of the America colonies.  Thus, so far, I've created pages for Lord Baltimores George Calvert and Cecil Calvert; governors Leonard Calvert, Thomas Greene, William Stone, Josias Fendall, and Thomas Notley; and rebels William Davyes and John Pate.  (This is by no means to imply that Colonial America is my sole focus on Wikiquote, of course; I've created pages as diverse as the Fibonacci sequence, Jefferson in Paris, honey (the food), Honey (the band), Lady Godiva, Monday, Mother Nature, and police state, just to name only a very few.)

    Currently, I use a combination of the books I've accumulated over the years and the Internet in order to conduct research, both for Wikipedia and for Wikiquote, although I did have experience with JSTOR back in my college years.  It would certainly prove useful for my various endeavours on the various Wiki projects.

    Thanks for the consideration,
    allixpeeke (talk) 23:37, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

  17. McLennonSon (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been active on Wikipedia since 2011, and I have for most of my time edited on music related articles, mostly classical. I also contribute to articles related to Norway. I'd hope using JSTOR as a major help in my research. –– ♫ Ellie ♫ 04:13, 22 October 2015 (UTC)
  18. Pavan santhosh.s (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am very active editor in telugu wikipedia. As a whole, I'm inclined towards humanities, currently working on improving film stubs and south indian literature. I am meticulous in referring and citing good articles from quality sources. I wanted to get access to journals like Journal of south asian literature, Indian literature, etc., I am waiting from long time to access some of the valued articles (especially by authors like Velcheru narayanarao). So, I'm sure Jstor helps me a lot in improving telugu wikipedia. --Pavan santhosh.s (talk) 00:57, 24 October 2015 (UTC)
  19. Neil916 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). I applied and was approved in March 2015, but after I responded to an online google apps questionnaire, I never heard back. So I'll start the process again. Editing since 2006, would use access to primarily edit biology-related articles. Neil916 (Talk) 03:17, 26 October 2015 (UTC)
  20. Kevin Gorman (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) This is the first long chunk of time I've not had jstor access directly through academia, and it's been a killer. It makes it hard to write articles, verifying facts already present in WP articles that are reliant on jstor indexed journals in existing articles harder, and editing other existing articles harder. Not having jstor access makes many aspects of WP life significantly harder. Kevin Gorman (talk) 00:31, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
  21. Yodin (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) – Editor in good standing on en.Wikipedia for many years, active in many areas. Am hoping to use JSTOR specifically in relation to the work of Birger Sjöberg. ‑‑YodinT 12:43, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
  22. Wolbo (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email)), experienced editor (75,000+ edits), have been largely working on tennis (history) but expanding into other areas such as Dutch history and hope to use JSTOR sources to improve articles in these areas.--Wolbo (talk) 15:12, 3 November 2015 (UTC)
  23. jfhutson (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - I've wished I had access to JSTOR when working on religious history and theology articles before and had to request them through interlibrary loan. --JFH (talk) 16:25, 7 November 2015 (UTC)
  24. Natalie.Desautels (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) ...eager to gain access to this great database; hopefully it will be helpful in the area of classical music articles, books, journals and so on. Many thanks. --Natalie.Desautels (talk) 11:43, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
  25. Pldx1 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). I am working on Korean topics, mostly art and history. A JSTOR access would be a plus. Pldx1 (talk) 18:52, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
  26. k_scheik (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) - I frequently fact check and copy edit, having access to JSTOR would help me in my endeavors.
  27. Eperoton (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I'm a somewhat recent but active editor focusing on subjects related to Islam and Late Antiquity. Between my two accounts (this one and msubotin, phased out privacy reasons) I have over a year of Wikipedia experience and over 800 edits. Over the last month I've made significant contributions to Religion in pre-Islamic Arabia, History of Islam, Shahada and Zakat. I have already been impeded by lack of access to restricted content on JSTOR. Eperoton (talk) 20:21, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
  28. Vesuvius Dogg (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I could kick myself that I didn't sign up when this was first announced; did I think it was too good to be true? I'm an active and eclectic editor (a former academic) eager to start a number of art historical and literature-related Wikipedia articles, while improving existing articles to GA and FA status. JSTOR access would be extremely helpful, and for articles like Louise de Broglie, Countess d'Haussonville, would also give journal contributors the Wikipedia citations they deserve; it's a disservice (and a distortion) to write new articles solely based on the limited supply of openly available academic articles or simply on media sources. Vesuvius Dogg (talk) 04:21, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
  29. Fuhghettaboutit (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I am a regular contributor, with about 87,000 edits (including deleted). I write on a variety of subjects (though lately I've been working on a variety of bird articles, and JSTOR content has actually helped me in the past in this area): I've had 10 articles, predominantly written by me, achieve good status and 3 have been promoted as featured articles – with a few in the pipeline. I often use research access to help others with their writing efforts here, as well as to check sources for verification. I also spend quite a bit of time checking claimed and suspected copyright violations, which requires access to a diversity of sources.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 00:27, 18 December 2015 (UTC)
  30. CatcherStorm (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I believe I meet the criterion for acceptance. The StormCatcher (talk) (contribs) 09:31, 19 December 2015 (UTC)
  31. Rybkovich (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) As of December 26, 2015 I had 175 edits in past 30 days. Recently I have been doing significant expansion of legal and historical articles. Legal articles are really hard to get a hold off unless one owns expensive legal database access. Only legal libraries have that kind of access and usually they are only open during business hours. I also participate in copyright violation checking. Rybkovich (talk) 01:16, 27 December 2015 (UTC)
  32. Stefanomione (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Active user since February 2005. 45.000 edits, 4500 Category-creations in diplomacy, literature and library science. I'm in need of an easier way to find reliable sources. Stefanomione (talk) 23:20, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
  33. Mendaliv (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Looking to supplement what I have access to via HeinOnline and (will soon) via Brill. I recently lost JSTOR after graduating, and have used it frequently in the past. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 02:41, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
  34. Delabrede (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I spend some hours each day doing research on American artists of the 20th century in order to make articles on ones who are under-appreciated. Access to JSTOR would enable me to locate and use articles in art journals on the persons whom I'm researching, on the organizations of which they were members, and on the cultural climate of the times in which they lived. At present I'm limited primarily to news accounts in the New York Times and other New York papers and would benefit greatly from access to a broad range of journal resources. The Wikipedia library is an excellent tool and I'm glad to have the opportunity to apply for access. -- Delabrede (talk) 15:12, 23 January 2016 (UTC)
  35. Pengo (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi. I was approved back in October and filled out a series of additional, seemingly redundant forms but never received a login. [1]Pengo 23:13, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
    Hi Pengo, I've pinged our contact at JSTOR to follow up on this. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:37, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
    Hi Pengo, you should now have received an email with your login. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:23, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
    Thanks Nikkimaria! I received the email and the login is working. —Pengo 01:35, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
  36. P0mbal (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been editing and creating new Wikipedia pages since 2007. 271 pages created, 1024 unique pages edited. In am multilingual, but though most of my over 8000 edits have been in English, I have 19 in French, 5 in Swedish and 4 in Catalan, and can translate from most European languages. The fields covered are principally in the arts: literature, music, science and films - which interests started by the discovery of many of my ancestors who were talented in these areas. A fortuitous discovery of an advertisement in an old "Musical Times" has provided an example of how useful it would be to access a series of this publication.P0mbal (talk) 17:55, 6 February 2016 (UTC)