JSTOR Backlist Ebooks

More than 63,000 high-quality backlist titles from more than 95 publishers

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Business & Management, Humanities, Life Sciences, Medicine & Health Sciences, Social Sciences
31 Dec 2023


EIFL has signed an agreement with JSTOR for discounted access to JSTOR’s collection of more than 63,000 high-quality backlist e-books from over 95 academic publishers from around the world, including university presses, public policy organizations, and independent presses.

This agreement is based on the Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) model, which 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 2023, JSTOR will add 2020 titles for the publishers that are participating in JSTOR’s EBA model.  


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 EBA Offering: 

Albania, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, 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 (November 2022 to June 2023) 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 EBA Offering: 

Armenia, Estonia, Fiji,  Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia,  Palestine,  Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine 

At the end of the Access Term, which is from (November 2022 to June 2023). Libraries will select the titles to keep as perpetual acquisition 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.

Once an institution participates in EBA (either through the Regular EBA Offering or Access Initiative EBA Offering), it can renew its subscription in June to continue with access to all e-book titles for the next Access Term. If an institution choses to no longer participate after June, it would only have access 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.