Library cost reduction strategy update

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017

In December, we informed you that discussions between the University and the journal publishers were continuing, and that we were working with our academic publishing partners towards reaching the most favourable agreements possible.

We are pleased to inform you that the Library will continue to provide access to all titles in both the Taylor & Francis and Springer collections for the 2017 calendar year. We have managed this through internal budgetary adjustments, including reductions in our book purchasing; we were also able to redirect some of the savings achieved through cancellations of individual journal titles and databases.

Individual titles

We have completed our assessment of individual journal titles and databases, based on input received directly and from the recent survey regarding their importance for research and teaching. The final list of 534 individual cancellations can be found here. Access to the majority of these titles was discontinued on January 1, 2017. For others, the cancellations had already come into effect in 2016.

Alternative access

There are a number of alternatives available to obtain copies of articles from cancelled titles. Your subject librarian can help identify the best option and advise about copyright considerations.

  • Even if the journal has been cancelled, the article itself could be available from an aggregator database provider such as ProQuest or Ebsco. Be aware, however, that the most recent articles may not be available due to licensing restrictions.

Other options:

  • Request the article via RACER, our Interlibrary Loans service.
  • Try contacting the author directly to request a copy of the article; use your uOttawa e-mail address, provide the full title of the article and briefly explain why you need it.
  • Use Google Scholar to locate related articles that are available via the Library - search for a known article and then scan the list of cited references at the end of the article.

To locate freely available resources:

Find out more

Would you like us to attend a departmental or faculty meeting to explain these issues and to address your questions about the library collection? Please contact your subject librarian (see list here) to arrange this. As well, Tony Horava, the Associate University Librarian for Collections, would be happy to participate in these meetings.

Reminder - Journal Usage Survey

We would like to encourage all who received an invitation to complete the national Journal Usage Survey that was launched last week. The survey involves 23 universities across Canada and is being coordinated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). It asks you to identify the journals you deem to be essential to your research and teaching activities; it includes five questions and should take less than fifteen minutes to complete.

For further information we invite you to visit the CRKN web page which provides more information about this project.  Please note that your participation will remain anonymous at all times.  If you have concerns or questions, please email

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