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Requirements for Book PDFs
For each book, send either a:
- Born-Digital PDF (such as PDF created using Illustrator or InDesign); 1 per book
- Print-replica, print-ready, and web-ready PDFs are accepted.
- Remove password protection or comments before sending book to JSTOR, and ensure that fonts are embedded.
- During JSTOR’s conversion process, all printer marks are removed if present in the print PDF.
Ideally, complex maps or images created with design software should be flattened/rasterized in the PDF prior to delivery.
- Ideally, web-ready PDFs would still have large enough images to be viewed on a standard monitor.
Please note that PDF internal linking will be disabled on the JSTOR site due to the nature of the indexing process.
- Digitized print books (e.g. scanned paper that has been converted into a PDF)
- These PDFs do not need to be OCR’d. They can be image-based PDFs. JSTOR’s conversion process includes OCR for all image-based PDFs.
- If you have print books that you would like to include in the Books@JSTOR program and need assistance with digitizing them, please contact us so we can give you more information.
For digitized print books, JSTOR prefers high quality, faithful reproductions of the original print book such that the digital version could replace the print version on the shelf.
Requirements for Front Covers
JSTOR prefers to receive a stand-alone front cover image to display at full-size and to convert into thumbnails on the JSTOR Delivery Platform. Please send a separate front-cover image even if the front cover also appears in the Book PDF, as we do not extract covers during processing
Since this Front Cover image will be used to create thumbnails, please exclude printer’s marks, the spine, and the back cover from the image file.
JSTOR prefers a large, high quality full-size cover image:
- Height: At least 150 pixels
DPI: 72 or higher
Bit-depth: 24 bit or higher
Format: TIFF 6.0, JPEG, GIF, PNG
If you do not provide a front cover image, the book will appear with a generic placeholder front cover image on the JSTOR Delivery Platform.
Filename Requirements for All Asset Types
Use one of the following unique identifiers for the book as the filename for all Book PDFs and Front Cover Images:
- Record Reference Identifier
When using any one of these ISBNs as the filename, you must include that ISBN in your JSTOR Book Metadata Spreadsheet. Using a naming convention or other identifier not present in your metadata will prevent the PDF from being matched up with your book and can significantly delay the availability of your book on the JSTOR site.
JSTOR strongly prefers the filename to include only the identifier and no additional text (i.e. author’s name, dashes or special characters, year of publication, type of asset, etc.).
- Good Example: PDF is labeled as “12345678910.pdf”, Front Cover Image is labeled as “12345678910.jpg” when the eISBN in the metadata is listed as “12345678910”.
- Bad Example: PDF is labeled as “TheBirdBook_12345678910.pdf”, Front Cover Image is labeled as “TheBird-Cover.jpg”
- XML or XLSX supply chain metadata file:
The filename for your metadata cannot contain special characters (e.g. accents, question marks, etc.), spaces, slashes or dots. The filename can contain underscores or dashes.
- Good Example: JSTOR_December_Metadata_PubName_20160101.xlsx
- Bad Example: JSTOR Décembre Metadata PubName 2016.01.01.xlsx