Serials Review – FY2017

EjournalsThe Libraries are now reviewing subscriptions annually to ensure we are spending library money most effectively. This year we are concentrating on titles where we seem to be spending a lot more on the subscription than we would spend on Interlibrary Loans based on annual usage from that journal. (Interlibrary Loan is very efficient lately; my recent requests have all arrived within 48 hours. If you haven’t used it recently, you should definitely try again when you need things we don’t have.)

I haven’t had a chance to review ALL physics journal titles yet, but the following are possible candidates for cancellation.  Please let me know which of the following you regularly use.  Some of the data provided by Olin Library has been inaccurate, so my usage figures may be incorrect.  All of these are listed as having an average of 200 or less uses in a year.

  • Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Bulletin of the atomic scientists.
  • JETP letters.
  • European physical journal. Applied physics : EPJ.
  • Optics and spectroscopy
  • European physical journal. A, Hadrons and nuclei.
  • General relativity and gravitation.
  • Journal of low temperature physics.
  • European physical journal. B.
  • European physical journal. Special topics.
  • Philosophical magazine (Abingdon, England)
  • European physical journal. D, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
  • Communications in mathematical physics.
  • Progress in particle and nuclear physics.
  • New astronomy reviews.
  • High pressure research.
  • European physical journal H
  • Earth, moon, and planets.
  • European physical journal. E, Soft matter.
  • Foundations of physics.
  • Journal of magnetism and magnetic materials.

Physica A has been averaging nearly 400 uses per year, but it is very expensive, so please let me know if that is also an important title to keep.

About the author

Alison Verbeck is the Physics Librarian at Washington University. For more information, contact Alison: