#SLA2017: Journal Collection Assessment: Verifiable Tips and Tricks to Make Cost Effective Decisions


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.


  • Lutishoor Salisbury

    Distingushed Professor / Librarian, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


 COUNTER provides the standard that enables knowledge community to count use of e-resources.
Why look beyond COUNTER:
  • 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

  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar
  • SciFinder
  • Web of Science

NOTE:  Only included valuable portions of this presentation in my post above.