This book, first published in 1987, brings together from a variety of sources analysis on the major issues involved in the collection of scientific journals. Working from the premise that scientists tend to know much more about their subject than about their journals, it examines the rationale for journal choices, journals and tenure, journals and budgeting, and the elements of a good journal. It shows librarians how to penetrate the internal structure of some imposing technical literatures in a way that can help them make responsible collection management decisions that even their science clientele will respect.
1. Introduction Ellis Mount 2. The Life-Long Affair: Scientific Careers and Science Journals 3. The Serials Librarian as a Shaper of Scholars and Scholarship 4. Negotiating Journal Demands with Young Scientists Using Lists Derived from Thesis Advisor Records 5. New Specialized Journals, Mature Scientists and Shifting Loyalties 6. Journal Weeding in Relation to Declining Faculty Member Publishing 7. The Role of Language and Cultural Forces in Shaping Journals and their Users 8. English Language Trends in German Basic Science Journals: A Potential Collection Tool Tony Stankus, Rashelle Schlessinger and Bernard S. Schlessinger 9. American Authors in Foreign Science Journals: Reviewing the Range of Initial Attitudes and Adjusting Library Investment to Client Experiences 10. The Americanization of Journal Loyalties of Foreign-Born, Foreign-Trained Scientists and Physicians Who Emigrate to the United States Tony Stankus and Kevin Rosseel 11. What Journals Tell Us About the Fields they Cover 12. Collection Development: Journals for Biochemists 13. Journals for Anatomists in Medical versus Non-medical Biological Research Institutions 14. Selecting Multispeciality Mathematics Research Journals via their Underlying Subject Emphases Tony Stankus and Virgil Diodato 15. Perennial Discussions Involving Journals 16. Looking for Tutors and Brokers: Comparing the Expectations of Book and Journal Evaluators 17. Handle With Care: Use and Citation Data for Science Journal Management Tony Stankus and Barbara Rice 18. Publication Quality Indicators for Tenure or Promotion Decisions: What Can the Librarian Ethically Report? Barbara A. Rice and Tony Stankus 19. One Researcher, One Journal, One Research Paper: Workable Budgeting Schemes at the Science Departmental Level Tony Stankus and William Littlefield