Re: Core Journal Info Thanks John McDonald 20 Jan 2005 20:30 UTC

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for weighing in late on this issue, but this type of analysis
is exactly what Jan Lewis & I wrote about in a recent article in
Serials Librarian.  We focused on undergraduate libraries, but
the methodology described can be extended to any user or
subject-based group.  Our analysis was done before local or
publisher reported use was commonly available, but that would
certainly be relevant to include

Title:          Defining an undergraduate core journal collection
Author(s):      Lewis JS, McDonald JD
Source:         SERIALS LIBRARIAN 43 (1): 45-59 2002
Abstract:       The authors outline a multiple-methodology process
to develop locally relevant core journal lists for undergraduate
research. Criteria were inclusion in major aggregator databases, in
expert lists, and comparison with similar collections. They conclude
with a list of almost 2100 journals that support undergraduate
education at the institution at which they were then employed,
and outline other considerations when adding or canceling these

A preprint (final submitted version) is available at:

Hopefully everyone will find it enlightening & helpful!

John McDonald
Acquisitions Librarian
California Institute of Technology

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Connie Foster
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Core Journal Info Thanks

If you feel driven to turn this into an article, it really would be
interesting for Serials Review as an expanded topic. Thanks!
connie foster

Lois Schultz wrote:

>A few weeks ago I posted a question on criteria for determining core
>journals.  Thanks to all who responded. I was asked by three or four
>individuals to post the information I received.  So here is a summary
>the replies.
>1.      It is a topic that has interest.  Two individuals requested
>an article be written.
>2.      There are several different processes being used, the only
>processes that were noted more than once were Katz's Magazines for
>Libraries, citation reports and input from the teaching faculty.
>3.      Some specific disciplines have a core list or a list that is
>being used as a core list, i.e. Most Cited Legal Periodicals.
>4.      Ulrich's Serials Analysis system
>5.      Local use
>6.      Holdings at benchmark institutions
>At Northern Kentucky University we have also looked at what is required
>by accrediting agencies
>Lois Schultz
>Professor and Head of Technical Services
>263 Steely Library
>Northern Kentucky University
>Highland Heights, KY 41099

Connie Foster, Head
Department of Library Technical Services
Western Kentucky University Libraries
Editor, Serials Review
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