# Journal and Database Review, 2018–2019

In fall 2017, the Caltech Library undertakook a collections review process in the context of the necessity to reduce expenditures for journals, databases and books by the amount of our reduced buying power due to cost increases, which was $175,000 for calendar year 2018. Through this website, we make data on journal usage available and receive community feedback on individual titles. 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). On the recommendation of the Library Committee, we cut an additional $75,000 to purchase ejournal backfiles.Thus, the target reduction for 2018 was$300K. The cancelation criteria selected by the Library Committee were titles with Open Access-Adjusted Cost per Download > $300 OR Cost Per Download >$70. The journal titles that were canceled are noted on the journal detail page, linked from the status bar above.

The journal subscription reductions can 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 are comprehensive of what the Library subscribes to and not just titles selected for cancelation consideration. Canceled titles are noted in a status field.

The data includes several relevant data points for each title:

• Price: Projected 2018 price.