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Steenbock journal assessment and proposed journal cancellations

Journal prices continue to increase rapidly, but Steenbock library does not receive an annual increase to its acquisitions budget. Therefore we must reduce our anticipated journal expenditures for next year by about $45,000. To do this, we plan to discontinue about 70 print subscriptions for which the publisher’s online version is available to you. This will save us about $22,000 annually.To generate an additional $23,000 in savings, we are also planning to cancel 140 low use and/or high cost journals. A list of titles proposed for cancellation is posted at steenbock.library.wisc.edu/news/journal_assessment07.html. This table also shows cost-per-use data for each title for the past year.

Please continue to request articles you need via Library Express. We cancel subscriptions because document delivery is more cost effective for us. Nevertheless, we continue to provide the articles you need at no cost to you. If you have any questions about document delivery, please contact your liaison librarian.

We also encourage you to work with your liaison librarian to set up table of contents and subject email alerts to keep you informed of new articles of interest to you. . To learn more or to request an alert, see steenbock.library.wisc.edu/alerts.html.

High journal costs create barriers to sharing research findings with other scholars. You can also help change the scholarly communications landscape. For additional information about managing your rights as an author, and about open access publishing, see steenbock.library.wisc.edu/news/journal_assessment07.html#need .

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