For more than a decade, the cost of health science journals have increased at a rate far greater than inflation. This has created a budget crisis for univeristy libraries across the country, forcing them to cancel journal subscriptions, refrain from beginning new journal subscriptions that are requested by faculty and staff, and to purchase fewer books.
I've attached a copy of my Excel spreadsheet that lists the current subscriptions for dentistry/dental hygiene journals for the fiscal year 2004-2005. Download file
You can see from this file that there are currently 54 active journal titles in the collection, with an average price increase for 2005 of 10.3%. In addition, the serial collection also contains a number of titles that we refer to as standing orders, which means that we are billed for these titles as we receive them from the publisher.
There is a strong possibility that we will need to cut titles from this list for 2006. I will be in further communication with SOD about this possibility as our financial picture becomes clearer later this summer.