Methods for journal collection evaluation in Academic Science Libraries Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
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  • Vaughan, K.T.L.
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
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  • The frustration many librarians feel when faced with cancellation decisions is understandable; at the time cuts are announced it is unlikely that a library will have fresh data reflecting journal value. If a number of practical methods for analysis can be shown to be effectively equal librarians will be free to choose the method that is most appropriate to each particular situation. This study compares the main three methods used in most science libraries; reshelving data, citation analysis, and the ISI impact factor rankings. Using the Spearman correlation coefficient p, it is found that reshelving and citation analyses generate the most similar ranked lists of journals. It is recommended that librarians combine results from both methods in order to capture a more complete picture of journal value.
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  • Gollop, Claudia
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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