2011 Journal Cancellation Project

Every year 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 journals, books, and databases. Because of the significant UC budget cuts, this year the Library is looking for savings by cutting print journals as well as online journals from selected publishers.

As part of an ongoing process, the UC Libraries will be reviewing subscribed journal packages throughout the UC system as they come up for renewal. Typically these packages are negotiated for 3-5 years. For 2011, UCSF and our UC colleagues will be reviewing journal packages published by Springer, SAGE, and Nature Publishing Group.

The goals for the 2011 Journal Package Title Review process are to preserve the highest quality titles for UC faculty, staff, and students and to preserve collections for unique campus needs. The California Digital Library provides extensive data on each journal to help the librarians select the most logical candidates for cancellation, but the input of our faculty, students, and staff about individual titles is invaluable.

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

Journal Project Summary

1. Online Journals

Journal titles reviewed for cancellation:

  • Springer (Excel) - the UC system cancelled online subscriptions for 376 journals. See the CDL page for more information.
  • SAGE - UC retained access to all journals in our contract in 2011
  • Nature Publishing Group - See more information

2. 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.
  • A handful of print-only journals with no in-house usage.
  • 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 118 journals proposed for cancellation:

  • 3 print-only journals were cancelled
  • 38 journals were cancelled in print but retained online
  • 78 journals were retained in both print & online formats

View the final list of print journal cancellations (Excel)

We welcome your feedback. Please send any comments to Anneliese Taylor, Manager, 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, 2009, and 2010, 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.