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2004 Collection Development Decisions

  • Journal Subscription Additions and Cancellations for 2004
  • Journal Selection Priorities for 2004
  • Journal Selection Criteria for 2004
  • Subscribing to Titles only in Online format
  • Journal Subscription Additions and Cancellations for 2004

    For a list of subscription changes for 2004, please go to Journal Additions and Cancellations for 2004.

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    Journal Selection Priorities

    Approximately $100,000 of the library resources were cancelled to meet budget requirements and to add titles. Inflation was between 8 and 10% again this year. In addition, important titles dramatically increased prices this year. As OHSU increases in the number of employees and use of electronic journals, publishers are responding with increased prices for electronic access.

    The selection priorities developed for 2004 were:

    1. Became a member of BioMedCentral, an open access publisher. This allows OHSU authors to publish without page charges and makes articles available to all without a subscription.

    2. Purchased electronic access to individual titles to gain archival access and canceled an aggregator collection (ProQuest Medical Library) that only allowed access during the subscription period.

    3. Pay increased costs for electronic access to titles of high importance (New England Journal of Medicine, Science, AACR titles, and JAMA and the 9 Archives).

    4. Purchased electronic collections that added back volumes to the collection (JSTOR-General Science; Neuroscience Collection from Elsevier ScienceDirect and American Physiological Society).

    5. Canceled the print format and subscribe online only for titles from Blackwell Synergy and Kluwer Online (165 titles). The Main Library and Van Hassel Library have over 450 titles available in electronic format only or about one-third of the current subscriptions.

    6. Cancel low use titles based on in-house and electronic usage as well as titles with a high cost/use (64 titles)

    7. Cancel duplicates among the OHSU system libraries (18 titles).

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    Journal Selection Criteria

    A serials decision database has been created to monitor OHSU usage of titles from various sources. Every year, the data is used to identify low, medium and high use journals.

    Low use journals are reviewed for possible cancellation. High use titles that are not current subscriptions are considered for addition to the collection. If you would like to know more about the selection process used for the Main Library, please contact Diane Carroll at carroldi@ohsu.edu.

    Priority 1, 2 and 3 or high, medium or low use for 2004.

    Selection criteria

    High (1)

    Medium (2)

    Low (3)

    Number of times an OHSU author cited the journal from 2000 to June 2003.




    Number of times an OHSU author published in the journal from 2000 to June 2003.




    Full text use estimated for 1 year.


    40 to 250


    Number of times the journal was used in library from Oct 2001 to June 2003 (21 months).




    Number of times the journal was requested or listed on a survey by OHSU faculty, student or staff.

    1 or more



    Number of times the journal was requested through interlibrary loan over the last 12 months.




    Impact factor.


    1 to 4.9


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    Subscribing to Titles Only Online

    Before a title can be considered for purchase in only the online format, several criteria have to be met.

    Titles eligible for purchase in online format only must:

    • Result in some savings when print is canceled.
    • Be on a reliable electronic journal platform that provides full-text in PDF format.
    • Have a license that includes archival rights. If a journal was canceled in the future, the library would need perpetual access to the years purchased.
    • Allow interlibrary loans requests to be filled.
    • Provide usage statistics.
    Titles that are not eligible for purchase in online format only, but must also be purchased in print include:
    • Titles that have very high use.
    • Clinical titles on the Brandon-Hill list for medical libraries.
    • Titles housed in the Struble Library Collection.
    • Titles without archival rights or that do not allow interlibrary loans in the license.
    About 165 print subscriptions were canceled and will be available only online via Kluwer Online and Blackwell Synergy platforms. For a list of titles see Journal Subscription Additions and Cancellations for 2004

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    Last Updated on 1/11/2004 by Diane Carroll
    Email: carroldi@ohsu.edu
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