Friday, April 14, 2017

Collection highlight: Print journals on the shelf

As of the writing of this post (ie April 2017), there are 26 journal titles and 1 abstract title in print in the Science-Health Science Library.

15 years ago, in 2002, there were 430 journal titles and 30 abstract titles in print.

We had not yet made the big move to electronic-only subscriptions. The decision to do so is most often motivated by the desire to have research articles at your fingertips wherever you might be. Budget constraints also play a role in making this decision but most periodicals do not offer reduced costs for electronic-only versions. In fact, sometimes they cost more.

In many cases, the electronic versions are either too expensive or do not carry archival or perpetual rights which means that if we end our subscription, we lose access to all issues even to those we paid for. In those cases, we stick with the print version which we can keep and use in perpetuity.

This does not mean that they are not available in electronic form as well. It means that our access to them might be limited. For example, only 1 year of a title might be available electronically or another title might offer 1 volume; another, several sample issues, still another from 1990-2009. It's worth checking our e-Journals list to find out.

The links below lead to CardCat records for all 27 active titles:

American Journal of Nursing
American Journal of Physics
Applied Physics Letters
Canadian Field Naturalist
CERN Courier
Entomology Abstracts
Fine Focus
Home Healthcare Now
Journal of Applied Physics
Journal of Chemical Physics
Journal of College Science Teaching
Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Journal of Geoscience Education
Journal of Nursing Administration (JoNA)
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Medical Physics
Natural Resources Journal 
New England Journal of Medicine
Nurse Educator
Nursing Clinics of North America
Nursing Research
Outdoor Indiana
Physical Review Letters
Science Teacher
Southwestern Naturalist
Wilson Journal of Ornithology