Every fall, the UCSF Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the renewal process for the upcoming year. The ever rising cost of electronic resource subscriptions, coupled with an historically flat library budget, has necessitated finding annual savings largely through the reduction of journal subscription costs. More information about subscription challenges can be found on our journal costs webpage.
For 2021, instead of a flat budget, the Library is facing the extra challenge of a budget cut and must reduce its resource spending by $250,000 or about 12.5%. To meet the target cut, journal cancellations are just a portion of the changes we will have to make for the upcoming year.
After extensive evaluation and assessment, we have identified and unsubscribed from our lowest used journals, out of scope titles, non-essential databases, and resources with inconsistent usage. All remaining print periodical subscriptions have also been cancelled since they cannot be used while the library building remains closed due to COVID-19.
View the full list of journal and database cancellations for 2021.
To further reduce our resource spending, the Library will be negotiating reduced or flat price increases, limiting ebook purchasing, delaying all new non-essential subscriptions, utilizing reserved funds, and leveraging our consortial participation in the California Digital Library (CDL) to maintain and expand resource access at the lowest possible cost.
Please contact University Librarian, Chris Shaffer, with questions or concerns.
Criteria for Cancellation
Curious how we make our subscriptions decisions? To identify journals for cancellation, we consider several criteria:
- Online subscriptions that have historically low use (typically less than 100 full text views per year).
- Subscriptions that do not align with the UC system’s licensing standards (Word doc).
- Selected titles that have an unusually high cost per use.