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Information on the Journal Review Process

Updated 4/11/2016: Thanks to everyone who provided feedback! More information on the FY17 Libraries budget and the collection review process:

With the prospect of a possible $1 million shortfall to the MU Libraries collection budget in FY2017, we are seeking input on some lower-use journals, particularly the titles in the bundles purchased through publishers Elsevier and Wiley.

We are beginning with the Elsevier and Wiley bundles (plus a few additional high cost/use journals from other publishers) because:

  •  these packages consume a large portion of the library collections budget, amounting to about $2,000,000 annually
  •  similar to a “cable tv model,” these bundles contain many titles which were never selected for our library (e.g. the package include dentistry titles that were not chosen by the Libraries)

Login here to review the list of titles
Deadline for Review: Monday, April 4, 5pm. 

When looking at the journal list, you'll likely find it easiest to sort the journals by Subject (click on the green arrow in the Subject column).

You will see only one journal in the "Veterinary Medicine" category. Please check associated categories such as Agriculture, Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medicine, and Zoology.

Submit your feedback via the online database, or email Kate Anderson directly with any questions or concerns.

Learn more about the campuswide collections review process and the reasons for it.

With subscription prices escalating annually at a rate that far exceeds inflation, MU is not the only university facing this dilemma.  Read more:

Larivière V, Haustein S, Mongeon P. (2015) The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era. PLoS One.  10(6): e0127502.

Bergstrom TC, Courant PN, McAfee RP, Williams MA. (2014) Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111(26): 9425–9430

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