JSTOR is a media platform on which people are able to access thousands of professional articles, journals and books, which would otherwise be protected by copyright laws. Anyone can gain access to these published works simply by buying a JPASS which you can get a yearly pass ($199/year) or a monthly pass ($19.50/month).

Once you have purchased your pass, you have the option of reading the work online or downloading it in a PDF. However, you have to agree to the ‘Terms and Conditions‘ which state that you cannot distribute the pages nor print out the entire book/journal.

Personally, I feel that  JSTOR is a very good initiative. By allowing schools, universities and individuals access, everyone is able to obtain professional and reliable resources in order to further their studies or research. I often use JSTOR because it is a non-profit organisation and is there purely to help people and encourage reading. Although many people use it for these purposes,  if there were fewer restrictions under the Creative Commons licence, people would be able to pass the authors’ work, ideas and opinions as their own and they would not receive all the recognition they deserve.

Although it might seem stingy to ask people to pay in order to access these books, many people would take advantage of this free service and as a result, people such as the authors would suffer the consequences.




  1. I am agree with you. Nowadays, we always research some professional articles or books on Google, but they are not always can be researched. I never use JSTOR before, but i think i will use it after, cause it seems very good source for student to read or research. I can imagine if my professional work can download free and share free, i would be so pissed off, so their professional work need to be paid, otherwise it’s not fair to them.


  2. I think that JSTORE is a good idea for collecting academics resources in one place, however I believe that the prices are not reasonable and are especially high for those who are still studying in university for example. I think that university students should be given an opportunity to access JSTORE for free or with a discount so that it won’t affect their personal budget. Copyrighting in this case might be unfair for those who does not have the money to access JSTORE and therefore not learn.


  3. I think JUSTOR is a win-win platform for both accessors and original owners. Bu the only way for it to work is that the accessors who pay for the copyright and use the content in books or journals have to properly reference their works. To be more precise, if they quote from the original books or journals, they have to state clearly where it is from and who it belongs to originally. In this case, assuming the articles are popular among readers, both of the accessors and original authors are going to have good recognition.


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