2008 Journal Cancellation Project

Every fall the Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the renewal process for the upcoming year. Despite an increase in 2007 to the Library’s collections budget, the Library must identify savings each year to keep pace with the sharply rising costs for electronic journals and databases.

Project Summary

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

  1. Print journals that are also available to UCSF online where we have reliable, archival access to the online version, and in some cases to an archival print copy shared by the UC system.
  2. Results of 2 in-house studies of print journal use. Once a journal is available online, usage of the print version drops off significantly, sometimes to zero.
  3. The savings the Library would realize on both subscriptions as well as processing and human resources costs, by converting to electronic-only subscriptions.
  4. Selected print journals that are costly and no longer being used.

The final list shows the 60 journals for which the print versions will be discontinued in 2008. Of these 60, all but 1 will continue to be available online to UCSF. Two titles published by Nature proposed for print cancellation will be retained due to the online archival policy.

View the final list of cancellations.

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, 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 and 2007, we cut print subscriptions to a small 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.