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Re: full text access to journals through databases Bogdanski, Elizabeth 03 Mar 2005 18:33 UTC

I recently did some research on this subject and my bibliography is
below.  I think you will find it very helpful.

Albanese, A. R. (2002). An LJ Round Table with the Aggregators, 127 (5).
Retrieved January 24, 2005, from WilsonWeb.

Blosser, J., Lightman, H., McHugh, W.A., Ren, A. (2001).  Aggregator
Services Evaluation: Not and Easy Comparison, 41(1).  Retrieved January
24, 2005, from Hawthorn Press Journals.

Chambers, M.B., So, S. (2004).  Full-Text Aggregator Database Vendors
and Journal Publishers: A Study of a Complex Relationship, 30, 183-193.
Retrieved January 24, 2005, from ScienceDirect.

Cummings, J. (2003).  Full-Text Aggregation: An Examination of Metadata
Accuracy and Implications for Resource Sharing, 29, 11-15.  Retrieved
January 24, 2005, from ScienceDirect.

Rupp-Serrano, K., Robbins, S., Cain, D. (2002).  Canceling Print Serials
in Favor of Electronic: Criteria for Decision Making, 26, 369-378.
Retrieved January 24, 2005, from ScienceDirect.

Tenopir, C. (2002).  Disappearing Databases, 127(20).  Retrieved January
24, 2005, from WilsonWeb.

Beth Bogdanski
Library Holdings Consultant
ProQuest Information & Learning, UMI Division
300 N. Zeeb Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48106
(734) 761-4700 x 3819

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Mark L. Ferguson
Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 9:51 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] full text access to journals through databases

Dear serials listers:

I have a question which I am sure someone out there has the answer to.
Has anyone done a study of how stable the lists of  journals that allow
full text access through our leasing arrangements with databases are?
Do these full text titles continue to come and go, or is there a stable
core that remains available making up the bulk of the offerings provided
by these databases?

It is common knowledge that we only lease access to these titles, we
don't actually own them and there have been cases where publishers have
discontinued full text access to journal titles (Sage publishers is
probably the most notable in recent memory).  But I have never seen a
study documenting how often full journals are pulled from databases,
discontinuing full text access to these publications.

 My sense is that once a journal is included in a database's collection
of full text titles it generally stays there and that the lists of full
text journals available through various databases are much more stable
than are given credit for.  If anything, I would think these lists tend
to expand rather than shrink in terms of title coverage.   I have yet to
see or hear of any real documentation regarding this.  Does anyone know
of any recent studies on this?