Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
Objectives – To determine whether the purchase of journal portfolios (i.e., packages of journals purchased as a group from publishers, such as Elsevier’s ScienceDirect) from publishers is an effective means of meeting research needs for faculty in the life, medical, physical, and applied sciences, and to determine the effects of such purchases on research library collections.
Design – Citation analysis.
Setting – Ohio State University libraries in the life, medical, physical, and applied sciences.
Subjects – A total of 253,604 citations from 6,815 articles published between the years 2003 and 2005 by Ohio State University faculty in the life, medical, physical, and applied sciences were analyzed using the Bradford distribution (an explanation of the Bradford Distribution is provided later in this review).
Walker, Stephanie, "Purchase of Journal Portfolios by Research Libraries is not Cost-Effective and May Lead to Normalization of Collections" (2009). Librarian Publications. 4.
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