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Re: best journal hosting sites Stokes, Judith 28 Feb 2006 20:15 UTC

Dear Wendy,

I think you are very much on topic and really appreciate your asking our
opinions! The one thing I would ask is to PLEASE avoid Ingenta. Every
once in a while, they just close our holdings at the end of a year, and
don't tell us. This happens with print-includes-electronic access
subscriptions from small presses or associations. Maybe the big
publishers report renewals of this sort every year to Ingenta, but
whatever the reason, I sure don't want to have to reregister every time
I renew.

As for Highwire, we don't find it difficult at all and we already have
lots of e-journals there. Also, we do use Ebsco and they are very good
about making sure we get electronic access if we pay for it, either with
a print subscription or as an electronic subscription.

My library doesn't cancel print subscriptions because of JSTOR coverage,
but we do cancel microfilm subscriptions because we rely on JSTOR for
the back-file. On the other hand, we do often cancel print subscriptions
if we have Project Muse coverage, as long as we also have a back-file,
either in microfilm or in JSTOR.

Good luck with your e-journals,

Judith Stokes, Serials Librarian
James P. Adams Library
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI 02908-1991

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Belcher, Wendy
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 4:54 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] best journal hosting sites

As the manager of a small academic press, I wanted to trouble the forum
members with a question a bit off topic (forgive me!). In your opinions
as serial librarians, which electronic journal hosting sites are the
"best"? Best being defined as, perhaps, the most responsive, the best
search capability, the cheapest, the most integrated, and so on.

We were to have our interdisciplinary (humanities and social science)
journal hosted by the University of California Press, but they decided
that adding outside journals was too much trouble and balked at the last
minute. So I am scrambling to get us online this spring. We used to have
our content online for free, but we found that libraries started to
cancel, so we took the content down. We don't have a lot of
institutional support and depend on subscriptions to survive.

I gather that these are the various journal hosting options we have:
HighWire Press: A division of the Stanford University Libraries, which
hosts lots of journals but seems a bit difficult to figure out
JStore: Since the older content is free, my impression is that libraries
may cancel
Project Muse: Ditto
Ebsco: Seems efficient, since we all deal with them anyway
Ingenta: Apparently raises prices a lot

I appreciate any thoughts.

Wendy Belcher
Press Manager
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
193 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
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