Sponsored by: ACS Publications
With exponentially increasing prices of science and technology journal subscriptions versus limited options of access and delivery, librarians are hard pressed to retain expensive journal subscriptions, unless their value can be demonstrated beyond cost per use, based on data given in counter statistics. This presentation will discuss issues associated with using counter statistics to make decisions regarding retention of important journals in key areas at research institutions. It will examine the metrics used at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to review the journals of value to the chemistry and biochemistry program for retention. The method used counter statistics, in-house use, as well as faculty publications and citations gathered from Web of Science database, SciFinder Scholar, and PubMed, among others, to identify which journals the faculty regularly published in and the sources they cite. These are all tedious tasks to accomplish on a regular basis; however, a methodology will also be presented that can be easily used to extract data from the Web of Knowledge and manipulate them for meaningful results.
Distingushed Professor / Librarian, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
- One piece of assessment
- Nature of use
- Impact of paper
- Focus of resources
COUNTER does not include print back runs
Multi-year data is needed to make cancellation decisions.
Publication and Citation Data
- Google Scholar
- Web of Science
NOTE: Only included valuable portions of this presentation in my post above.