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FY21 journal cancellations: Single journal cancellations

FY21 budget situation

Similarly to many institutions across the country, Virginia Tech faced budget cuts due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. On July 27, 2020, University Libraries learned that the base budget would be permanently reduced. Consequently we need to make substantial reductions our electronic resources subscriptions. We also must act quickly since subscription renewals are placed in mid-September, and publishers can deny or delay access to the thousands of titles we’re keeping, if we do not renew on time.

Cancellation process

We will continue to prioritize the purchase of course materials and critical electronic resources for research and teaching. By eliminating discretionary one-time spending on electronic journal backfiles, primary source resources, and scaling back on new acquisitions, we can reduce the hit to journals and databases. The University Libraries is committed to providing the scholarly materials faculty, students, and staff need to do their work. We will continue to use and explore alternative ways to access scholarly materials.


On the right is a list of the titles that will be cancelled for FY21, effective after Jan. 1, 2021. However, some databases will be active through the spring semester. We compiled this list with extensive input from subject liaisons and a thorough assessment of usage data from the past five years. Other factors taken into account include inflation increases, alternative access through Interlibrary Loan or another existing resource, university strategic initiatives, and use in remote instruction.


If you have questions about the cancellation process or alternative access to the cancelled content, please contact your library liaison or Leslie O’Brien, Director of Collections [UPDATE 05/01/2022 - Contact Edward Lener,]

Cancellation list

Download the 2021 cancellation Excel spreadsheet

Alternative access

The Library will retain access to pre-2021 content for cancelled journals. Interlibrary loan requests may be placed for post-2020 articles from cancelled journals.