In the mid-1990s, University Libraries began to license electronic journals. Since the early 2000s, individual journal subscriptions and packages have been converted to online subscriptions whenever possible. The quality and availability of online journals continues to improve. Numerous publishers have now designated their online journals as the official publication of record and many articles appear online before their print counterparts. University Libraries support preservation of journal content through its participation in LOCKSS and the ASERL Collaborative Journal Retention Project. The libraries subscribe to a number of JSTOR collections and have purchased journal back file content from major commercial publishers such as Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and Emerald.
Online subscriptions are preferable because they:
This policy documents our e-preferred subscription strategy and is adapted from similar policies at Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. From May 2012 forward all journal subscriptions will transition to digital only unless one or more of the exception criteria below are met. The order of preference for new subscriptions when print and online formats are available shall be:
There may be instances where the online version of a journal is not sufficient and a print subscription is still justified. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Examples of valid concerns include:
Adopted April 19, 2012
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