The Tail Wagging the Dog? The Impact of Removing Infrequently Used Journal Titles on the Stability of the Consortial Core Journals List

Tonta, Yaşar and Ünal, Yurdagül The Tail Wagging the Dog? The Impact of Removing Infrequently Used Journal Titles on the Stability of the Consortial Core Journals List., 2009 . In International Symposium on Academic Online Resources: Assessment and Usage, Lille (France), 26-27 November 2009. (Unpublished) [Presentation]

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English abstract

Studies on consortial use of electronic journals show that a small number of core journal titles consistently satisfies the overwhelming majority of download requests. These findings usually draw attention to the fact that seldom or never used journal titles are bundled with core journals in a certain package and that libraries have to pay for them as part of Big Deal licence agreements. This paper addresses the question of whether incrementally removing the infrequently used journal titles from the tail would jeopardize the stability of the core journals list of a consortium of academic libraries. We will first analyze more than 27 million full-text articles downloaded from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and SpringerLink electronic journals packages over a 7-year period and identify the consortial core journals lists on an annual basis. We will then remove the rarely used titles from the tail incrementally (e.g., 1%, 5% or 10%) to see how this would affect the core journals lists for the whole consortium as well as for the individual consortium members. Findings will likely shed light on “all or nothing approach” of the Big Deal consortial licence agreements and consortium management can make informed decisions about the pros and cons of various licensing models (e.g., licensing core journals only but downloading full-text articles from the rest on a “pay-per-view” basis).

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Electronic journals, core journals, consortial use of electronic journals, consortial licence agreements
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information. > BB. Bibliometric methods.
Depositing user: yaşar tonta
Date deposited: 29 Nov 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:17
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/14693

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