January 22, 2022

More Than One Million Articles Accessed via JSTOR’s Free “Register & Read” Program Since 2012 Launch


JSTOR announced today that more than one million articles have now been accessed by individuals participating in its free program, Register & Read.


JSTOR introduced Register & Read [in March 2012], [this] program that provides free, online-reading access to the complete archives of more than 1,300 journals to anyone who registers for an account. [Our emphasis] Today, more than 700,000 people have registered and are reading academic journals that span more than fifty subjects in the arts and sciences. Registrants include independent researchers and professionals, in addition to students and scholars from around the world.

“We see this program as a vital next step in furthering our mission to expand access to scholarship to anyone who needs it,” said Laura Brown, JSTOR’s Managing Director. “Whether they visit once or again and again, it’s amazing to see a growing number of people delving into this archive of authoritative research produced by scholars and intellectuals over the past four hundred years.”


While the Register & Read program is off to a great start, this is only the beginning. “We hear all the time from people thanking us for making this resource available,” said Kristen Garlock, JSTOR’s Associate Director of Education and Outreach. “Of course it’s gratifying to hear, but we also see that many people still do not know about Register & Read.  Spreading the word so others know our door is open and that scholarly content can give them a depth of understanding and perspective they can’t get anywhere else—that’s our next challenge.”

New journals are regularly made available to users of the Register & Read program.  To register for an account, go to www.jstor.org and click on MyJSTOR.

See Also: Register and Read Title List (.xls)

See Also: Register and Read FAQ

See Also: Early Journal Content (Another JSTOR Program, Also Free)

Read the Complete JSTOR Announcement 

Program Background

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.