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About Member Access
Publishers can join the Member Access program (formerly called Individual Access Program) to allow society members or journal subscribers to access their journals’ issues on JSTOR.
Setting up Member Access
JSTOR offers two access options:
Password access via JSTOR
If you choose for your members to have password access, they will need to create a personal JSTOR account (or use an existing one). To enable this process:
- The publisher provides JSTOR with a list of members (including name, email address, and expiration date).*
- When complete, send membership lists to us directly.
- JSTOR uploads the list and an email is automatically sent to all members.
- The email prompts members to register for a JSTOR account, which will give them access to the proper journal(s).
If you already have a member log-in area on your own site, JSTOR can enable access so that members log in to the publisher site and then link back to JSTOR, where they will be authenticated to access journal(s). Contact us for assistance in testing or troubleshooting referring URLs.
JSTOR requires the URL from the publisher’s website that contains the link back to JSTOR. The URL must be behind a secure log-in area on the publisher’s site so that it can be accessed only by those with the appropriate login credentials.
In order to enable referring URL access to JSTOR, take the following steps:
- Place this link to JSTOR on a password protected page: https://www.jstor.org
- Send us the URL of the page you placed the link on
- Await confirmation that the link has been approved and added to our authorization system
Please note that the following must be true for a successful referral:
- The referring URL is a password-protected page.
- The referrer does not include scripting to open in a new tab
- Users do not have security software on their computer that strips the referrer information from the headers.