Your help needed with library journal cancellation decisions

Your help is urgently needed to assist the OHSU Library in deciding which journals OHSU should keep and which ones we should not renew.

Every year the OHSU Library evaluates its journal and database subscriptions to ensure the good stewardship of our budget.  We analyze a variety of data, including publication and citation counts, usage, cost, and community feedback.  The Library adds and cancels journal, database, and book purchases based on this information, with the goal of providing the OHSU community with the resources it needs for research, education, and clinical care.

This year, the Library is also managing chronic increases in journal subscription costs and a smaller budget.  As such, we must ensure that our dollars are being spent on providing the resources most important to the OHSU community.  As part of this process, the following list of journals is being considered for cancellation.  Each title included has demonstrated at least four of the following criteria:

  • Low usage
  • Minimal OHSU publication activity
  • Minimal OHSU citation activity
  • Severe price inflation
  • Not a core journal title.  A core journal title is defined as a title with high OHSU usage and publication activity. A journal is also considered core based on its support of OHSU’s education, research and health care missions.

OHSU community feedback on this list will be used to finalize the Library’s cancellation decisions.  We want to know if there are journals on this list that are important to your work.  Your input is critical, so please review the title list and send your comments to Emily McElroy by September 27, 2013.