2007 Journal Cancellation Project

Every fall the Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the renewal process for the upcoming year. Thanks to one-time funds from the university, we did not have to cancel many print journal subscriptions in 2007. Nonetheless, the Library took the opportunity to identify journals that are available to UCSF online and can be discontinued in print, as well as journals that are costly and no longer being used.

Project Summary

To identify print journals for cancellation this year, we looked at:

  • Print journals that are also available to UCSF online where we have a guarantee of archival access to the online and/or print copy in the future.
  • Results of 3 in-house studies of print journal use. Once a journal is available online, we find that usage of the print version drops off significantly, sometimes to zero.
  • The amount of savings the Library would realize on subscriptions, as well as processing and human resources costs, by converting to online only subscriptions.

For 2007, we recommended 48 print journals for cancellation. All but one title would have remained available online to the UCSF community. Based on feedback from the UCSF community, 22 of these journals were removed from the print cancellation list and will continue to be subscribed to in both print & online.

The final list shows the 26 journals for which the print versions will be discontinued in 2007. Of these 26, all but 1 will continue to be available online to UCSF.

View the final list.

We welcome your feedback. Please send any comments to Anneliese Taylor, Collection Development Manager.

More Information

Yearly price increases on recurring, subscription-based resources such as journals and electronic databases have far outpaced increases in the Library’s annual collections budget. At UCSF, where over 75% of our collections expenditures are committed to recurring costs, high price increases can be detrimental to our collections as we are forced to devote increasingly more of our budget to purchase the same amount of material. See Scholarly Publication to learn more about these issues.

In 2003 and 2004, the Library was able to reduce costs by canceling the print version of journals where online access to full text was also available. This cutting of duplicate formats meant that UCSF researchers did not lose access to any journal titles. In 2005, we had to also select titles with no online access in order to realize the needed savings. In 2006, we cut print subscriptions to a handful of journals at the Mission Bay Library that are also available online.

The UCSF Library is dedicated to supporting the research, instructional, and clinical information needs of the UCSF campus community. We welcome your questions and feedback about the journal review process, and strive to provide a collection of relevant, cost-effective research materials to the UCSF community.