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An online library of 1,500 journals,
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JPASS gives you personal access to a library of more than 1,500 academic journals on JSTOR. If you don’t have access to JSTOR through a school or public library, JPASS may be a perfect fit.

With JPASS, a substantial portion of the most influential research and ideas published over centuries is available to you anywhere, anytime. Access includes a vast collection of archival journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage begins for each journal at the first volume and issue ever published, and extends up to a publication date usually set in the past three to five years. Current issues are not part of the JPASS Collection.

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  • 83% of the archival journals on JSTOR are available in the JPASS Collection
  • 1,500 high-quality journals
  • 7mmacademic articles, reviews, and commentaries (That's more than 7 million articles!)
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With JPASS, you get access to the same high-quality academic content and tools that millions of JSTOR users at higher education and other institutions depend on. There’s something for everyone on JSTOR; finding it is now faster, easier, and more convenient than ever.

Top FAQs

What is JPASS?
JPASS provides personal access to a specially selected digital library of journal content on JSTOR.
Who is JPASS for?
JPASS is for people who are enthusiastic about research in any number of fields, but who do not belong to a university or research organization with institutional access to JSTOR.
How do I know if my university or even my public library provides JSTOR access?

If you think you may already have access to JSTOR, you may search for your university or library using the Institution Finder. JPASS may give you access to more journals than those licensed by your institution or library.

What content can I access with JPASS?
JPASS includes the archives of the more than 1,500 journals listed in the JPASS Collection and is continually expanding to include new journals. The JPASS Collection represents a large portion of what is in the JSTOR digital library (approximately 83%), but not all of it. Content not in the JPASS Collection includes scholarly books, primary sources, current and more recent journal issues, and, in some cases, journal archives. If you come across this content in your use of JSTOR, please be aware that this content may be available for limited, free reading, for purchase as an individual article, or available through an interlibrary loan from a JSTOR participating library.
Are more recent issues of journals made available with JPASS?
Each year in January, an additional year’s worth of published content is added to most journals.
How much can I read with JPASS?
You can read ALL the content in the JPASS Collection: full articles and book reviews, entire issues of journals, and decades of academic research.
Is content on JSTOR ever free to access?
Yes. Our Early Journal Content is in the public domain and available for unlimited use, and through our Register & Read program, we offer free, read-only access to some content on JSTOR.
Can I download articles?
Yes. Each JPASS plan provides a set number of downloads (PDF), as well as unlimited online reading of journals in the JPASS Collection.
Where do I save my downloaded PDF copies of articles?

All of your PDF copies of articles are saved in your MyJSTOR account. They can be downloaded to your mobile device or desktop at any time.

If my JPASS access plan expires, will I still have access to the articles I downloaded?

Yes. You will have permanent access to downloaded PDFs through your MyJSTOR account.

If I upgrade, can I roll over my unused downloads?

Yes. If you upgrade to a 1-year plan before your 1-month plan expires or renew a monthly plan before expiration, the remaining downloads will be added to your new plan. For example, if you upgrade with 4 downloads left in your 1-month plan, they will be added to the 120 in your new plan. You will begin with a total of 124 downloads.