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The Libraries continues to work to reduce its budget through June 2020 under a university administration-mandated permanent budget reduction. The budget reduction will affect multiple aspects of the Libraries' operations during the next two years, including collections.

The Libraries is reducing its collections budget by not renewing a journal agreement with Springer, which is set to expire December 31, 2019. The agreement provides access to nearly all Springer journals but requires maintaining a specific monetary commitment which cannot be sustained because of the budget reduction mandate. 

The Springer review is now complete.  The following methodology was used to generate data utilized in the Springer journals review:

  • Journal usage statistics for 2013-2018
  • Current journal list prices
  • Cost per use is determined by taking current electronic-only list price for each journal and dividing it by usage
  • All journals are ranked from high to low on average usage
  • All journals are ranked from low to high on average cost per use
  • Rankings are added together to provide a combined score, ordered lowest (best) to highest

In addition to the ranking described above, the following data points were also considered in developing a proposed maintained titles list:

  • Curricular and research needs
  • Five year journal impact factor
  • Review of journals by broad subject categories (arts & humanities, social sciences, STEM) to assure all categories receive a portion of funds committed
  • Alternate availability of journals via full text databases or free delayed access

Usage data for all journals reviewed is provided below, with a key to understanding the information contained in that file. 


Our thanks to the campus community for the thoughtful feedback provided during this review. Final retention and non-retention decisions are listed in the spreadsheets below.