2010 Journal Cancellation Project

Every fall the Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the renewal process for the next calendar year. The Library must identify savings each year to keep pace with the sharply rising costs for electronic journals and databases.

Because of the severe UC budget cuts, for 2010 the Library canceled a larger number of print journals than in the last few years. The Library also canceled databases for the first time in many years. 

In addition, the UC Libraries did a coordinated review of several journal packages up for renewal in 2010, and canceled current subscriptions to a number of low-use, low-impact journals in order to bring costs down. This move was necessary to accommodate significant budget cuts across the UC system, and was the first time that the Libraries have had to cut back on these packages. Publisher packages with title reductions include Informa Healthcare, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), Mary Ann Liebert, and Taylor & Francis.

See the University Librarian's letter for more information on the budget.

Journal Project Summary

1. Print Journals

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

  • Print journals that are also available to UCSF online where we have reliable access to the online version, and in most cases archival online access.
  • Results of a 3-month study of print journal use.
  • The savings the Library realizes on subscriptions as well as processing and human resources costs, by converting to electronic-only subscriptions.

The final list shows decisions on all journals proposed for cancellation. Five of the initial list of 123 proposed titles were retained in print; the remaining 118 are no longer available in print at the Library. All but one of these titles will continue to be available online to the UCSF community.

View the final list of print journal cancellations (PDF)

2. Online Journals 

To identify online journals for cancellation this year, the UCSF Library reviewed data about journal titles in the Informa Healthcare, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), Mary Ann Liebert, and Taylor & Francis journal packages, which we access as part of a UC-wide consortium. Content from canceled titles published before 2010 will continue to be accessible online via UC Libraries' subscription.

Factors included in the review process:

  • Subscription cost, UC-wide and campus-specific usage, cost-per-use, impact factor, relative cost index, and an overall weighted value based on the UC subscription.
  • The goal was to eliminate titles with the lowest value and least impact on UCSF and UC, while preserving the highest quality titles as well as titles serving unique campus needs for faculty, staff, and students.
  • All UC campus libraries reviewed and voted on the titles to be cut as a cooperative process.

View the final list of online journal cancellations (PDF)

We welcome your feedback. Please send any comments to Anneliese Taylor, Head of Collection Management.

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, 2007, 2008, and 2009, 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.