# Journal and Database Review, 2018–2019

The Caltech Library is currently undertaking a collections review process in the context of the necessity to reduce our expenditures for journals, databases and books by the amount of our reduced buying power due to cost increases, which is $175,000 for calendar year 2018. Through this website, we present data on journal usage and seek community feedback on individual titles. The Library requests that comments be submitted by October 31 but will continue to accept feedback indefinitely. On the recommendation of the Library Committee, we are planning for both 2018 and 2019 reductions through this process. As with the journal cuts taken in 2016, an additional$50K per year will be cut so that the library has some flexibility to restore or add journals based on new information ($25K) and increase DocuServe's budget to meet anticipated increased demand ($25K). Thus, the target reduction for 2018-19 is $450K ($225K each year). Reductions for 2019 do not need to be finalized until fall 2018 and those journals or databases will not be canceled until October 2018 at the earliest. The Web of Science database will be assessed during 2018, as its usage has declined significantly in the past five years.

The journal subscription reductions should be seen in light of a rapidly evolving context for accessing the scholarly literature. Increasingly, articles are acquired outside of library subscriptions, through open access copies available on Google Scholar, PubMed Central or arXiv, or through growing research sharing sites such as ResearchGate.

The Caltech Library continues to leverage its place as a node in a network of research libraries committed to resource sharing. DocuServe plays an increasing role in meeting Caltech's needs for research materials. The number of DocuServe requests has increased more than 150% over the past two years without any increase in turnaround time (in fact, a slight decrease). In addition, this past year we introduced a near-real-time, unmediated delivery option, RUSH, including 10 free Rush requests per person per year. ​See DocuServe and Interlibrary Loan for more detail. We have analyzed the impact of the 2016 journal cuts and found that they had minimal impact on Caltech's increase in borrowing.

The linked journal, ebook package and database title lists are searchable and sortable by division as well as each of the data fields. The titles are as comprehensive as possible, reflecting what the library acquires and how much it costs. The titles that appear on these lists do not reflect what we intend to cancel.

The data includes several relevant data points for each title:

• Price: Projected 2018 price.