Review of Subscriptions

Over the past 15 years, the UCSF Library has steadily reduced our print journal holdings as online access has become the preferred method of reading medical literature. We have asked for our users’ feedback before making these annual changes and the Library now subscribes to less than 70 print journal titles, with usage now almost nonexistent for most titles. As one future effort to further align the Library’s resources with our users’ need for remote access, we will be cancelling all the remaining print subscriptions in 2019, aside from a handful of titles that we know our users like to browse when they are visiting the Parnassus library. Unsubscribing from print titles will not affect access to our online journal titles. This change will also allow us to use the estimated cost savings of nearly $25,000 to start subscriptions to highly requested resources that will better meet our users’ needs. More information about subscription challenges can be found on our journal costs webpage.

The print titles the Parnassus library will continue to subscribe to:

  • Chronicle of Higher Education 
  • Harvard Business Review 
  • Harvard Health Letter
  • JAMA 
  • Lancet 
  • Nature
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Science 
  • Scientific American 
  • University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter

The Library will keep the latest 6 months of these titles and will no longer bind journals for preservation purposes. 

The full list of changes can be found here (MyAccess login required).

Past Criteria for Cancellation

Curious how we make our subscriptions decisions? To identify journals for cancellation, we consider several criteria:

  1. Print journals that are also available online. Print is cancelled in favor of online-only subscriptions when possible and affordable.
  2. Results of an annual, 3-month in-house study of print journal use. Titles with online access and historically low or no print usage are favored for cancellation.
  3. Online subscriptions that have historically low use or do not align with the UC system’s licensing standards (Word doc).
  4. Selected print-only or electronic-only titles that  have an unusually high cost per use.

Past Journal Cancellations

View the list of past journal cancellations starting from 2005 (PDF file.)