Review of Subscriptions

2016 Review of Journal Subscriptions

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.

UCSF journal subscriptions are threatened due to sharp annual increases for online subscriptions, and a decreasing budget. See a comparison of 2011 and 2012 journal costs for an overview.

See Criteria for Cancellation below for the criteria used to select journals for cancellation.

View the final list of 2016 journal subscription changes.
(PDF; log in to UCSF Box with MyAccess)

The renewal process described here is for journals subscribed at UCSF locally. It does not include the thousands of journals UCSF subscribes to through UC-wide publisher packages.

We welcome your feedback. Please send any comments to Sarah McClung, Collection Development Librarian.

Past Journal Cancellations

View the list starting from 2005. Titles alphabetical. (PDF)

Criteria for Cancellation

To identify journals for cancellation, we consider several criteria:

  1. Print journals that are also available to UCSF online. Print is canceled in favor of online-only subscriptions where possible.
  2. Online subscriptions, whether or not they are part of an online archive such as Portico. Many selections are society-published journals on hosting platforms such as HighWire or Ingenta, with longstanding UCSF subscriptions.
  3. Results of a 3-month in-house study of print journal use. Titles with online access and low or no print usage are favored.
  4. The subscription savings the Library realizes by converting to online-only, as well as the processing and human resources costs of receiving print journals.
  5. Selected print-only or electronic-only titles that are costly and that are not highly used.