Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) Cancellation Consultation

The Bodleian Libraries, along with all departments in the University, are under increased financial pressure and constraints. We are faced with consistently above-inflation price rises for online journals and databases. As a result, we don’t renew any subscription without a careful review of usage and cost. We want to make renewal decisions in partnership and consultation with our users. We want to minimise the impact of any possible cuts, making sure there is the necessary support for learning, research, and teaching within the MSD. Until this year the libraries subscribed to a database package known as “CSA Proprietary Databases”. This included a range of databases across all subject areas including many in biomedicine, life sciences and physical sciences. The MSD libraries paid a share of the cost proportionate to the percentage of the package that fell within our subject areas.

However, CSA have repackaged their products. The proposed cost to MSD of the new “Biological Sciences Database” collection is several thousand pounds higher than the MSD share of the previous package.

Due to this increase in cost we have delayed renewing the subscription from Jan 1st 2018 whilst we consult on its value with our colleagues in the MSD. Please note that this is not a notice of a permanent cancellation.

A list of the relevant databases can be found here.

Current usage is low to medium at best - only some titles have usage at more than 800 abstracts viewed per year.  We have access to some of these databases (e.g. Medicine and Toxnet) via other routes and there is some overlap between the content of the CSA databases and other databases that we will be retaining.

As part of this process, we’d welcome any initial feedback you may have on the importance of these titles to your work. Please respond to Edina Pillok, the BHCL Collections Manager, at by 31st January 2017.

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