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Every year the Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the annual renewal process. We look for savings to keep pace with a reduced budget and rising costs for journals, books, and databases.
The renewal process described here is for journals subscribed at UCSF locally. UCSF also subscribes to many online journals through UC-wide deals, not included in this review.
See more information on the State of the Library Budget.
To identify journals for cancellation in 2012, we considered:
The final list shows decisions on the journals proposed for cancellation. Of the initial list of 141 proposed titles, 23 were retained in print, and 118 are no longer available in print at the Library. All but two of these titles will continue to be available online to the UCSF community.
Your feedback is invaluable. Please send any comments to Anneliese Taylor, Manager, Collection Management
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, over 75% of our collections expenditures are committed to annual subscriptions. High price increases can be detrimental to our collections as we are forced to devote more of our budget to purchase the same amount of material. See the Scholarly Publication site 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. In 2005, we had to also select titles with no online access in order to realize the needed savings. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, we cut print subscriptions to a number of journals 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.