JSTOR Backlist E-books

More than 67,000 high-quality backlist titles from more than 100 publishers

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Business & Management, Humanities, Life Sciences, Medicine & Health Sciences, Social Sciences
30 Jun 2024


EIFL has signed an agreement with JSTOR for discounted access to JSTOR’s collection of more than 67,000 high-quality backlist e-books from over 100 academic publishers from around the world, including university presses, public policy organizations, and independent presses.

This agreement allows institutions to use a portion of the fee contributed to keep in perpetuity the most used titles at the end of one year of unlimited access. 

Each January, JSTOR will add more backlist titles to this e-book collection. The rolling copyright year is three years prior to the current year. For example, in January 2024, JSTOR will add 2021 titles for the publishers that are participating.  


Covers a broad range of subjects including anthropology, art & art history, education, business, economics, film studies, health sciences, history, language & literature, law, music, philosophy, political science, religion and sociology.


The following countries are eligible for the Access Initiative: 

  • Albania, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Moldova, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Serbia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • At the end of the Access Term, which is from July 2023 to June 2024, JSTOR will select the most-used titles for acquisition using 75% of the library’s paid subscription fee, and the library will have perpetual access to those titles on the JSTOR platform with no ongoing costs.

The following countries are eligible for the Regular Offer: 

  • Armenia, Estonia, Fiji, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Palestine, Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine. 
  • At the end of the Access Term, which is from July 2023 to June 2024, libraries will select the titles to keep as perpetual acquisitions for 75% of the paid subscription fee. Access to those e-book titles will be made available on the JSTOR platform with no additional costs.

NOTE: The Access Term is July 2023 to June 2024. If institutions that participate in either the Regular Offer or the Access Initiative renew, they will continue to have access to all the e-books in the collection. If an institution does not renew, it will continue to have access only to the perpetual acquisition titles.


  • Integration with journals: Users can search across the full text of ebooks and journals on the JSTOR platform.  
  • All e-books are available exclusively in a DRM-free: users can print or download a book chapter.
  • Unlimited-user model with unlimited simultaneous use, PDF downloads, and printing, and no need to log in or use special software.
  • JSTOR provides free, high-quality MARC records from OCLC for all titles.