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Re: Statistics on Print and Electronic Format (Dawn Stoecker) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 28 May 1999 15:46 UTC

Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 10:20:50 -0400
From: Dawn Stoecker <dawn.stoecker@BOWKER.COM>
Subject: statistics on print and electronic format

        [Stoecker, Dawn]  Hello!  Yes the problem with this query is the
exact meaning of "journal subscriptions available." In Ulrich's
International Periodicals Directory are listed all types of serials from all
over the world in any format or language, not just journals available on
subscription.  If you search on Ulrich's online or on CD-ROM you can get the
big serials picture.  If you wanted to, you could narrow the search by
country or subject for example. Our data is compiled from publisher
submissions. Here are some statistics:

        The Spring edition of Ulrich's on Disc lists 153,935 active serial
titles (coded a or x). Of these, 1,947 titles are available exclusively
online or on CD-ROM. An additional 12,187 titles are available online or on
CD-ROM as a secondary format (generally in addition to a main print format).
These titles, though, are not necessarily available on subscription. There
are many types of serials that are not always offered on subscription basis,
such as membership only publications, biennials and monographic series.

        If you wish to get a closer idea of "journal" numbers, limit the
search to academic/scholarly and trade publications. You will find 46,815
active titles. There are 318 available exclusively in electronic format,
plus 6,133 also available in electronic format.

        Dawn Lombardy Stoecker
        Managing Editor

> > I have a question that I'm hoping someone from SERIALST can assist me
> with.
> >  I need to acquire the following information:
> >
> > - The number of journal subscriptions available in print format for
> 1999.
> > - The number of journal subscriptions available in electronic format for
> 1999.
> >
          Hi all,

> I had to gather some similar stats not long ago.  Problem is no two
> entities count things the same way.  You will need to make a few
> assumptions as you collect your data!  Here are some good places to start:
> Ulrich's has fuzzy "more than..." types of numbers in the preface.  Better
> than nothing!