When is online not enough? A comparison of the print and online versions of 14 veterinary journal from 13 different vendors/publishers
Croft, Vicki F.
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As more and more journals are made available in online format, the question arises "When is online enough?" During these times of stagnant journal budgets, rising inflation, and a growing preference of library users for 24/7 desktop access, libraries are facing "either/or" decisions on whether to purchase online or print versions of journals. Electronic journals are appealing due to the absence of costs for check-in claiming, binding, shelving, and storage required for print versions. However, concerns about archive instability, cover-to-cover content coverage, missing issues, retracted articles, changing publishers, and access limitations surround electronic journals. This study is a comparison of selected online and print issues of 12 veterinary journals available via 12 different vendors/publishers. Content providers examined in this evaluation include Science Direct, Synergy, BioOne, ProQuest, Ingenta, and others. The major focus of this study centers on the differences in content, if any, between print and electronic formats. How do these different providers define full text? Are all articles, including supplementary material, included in both versions? Other features such as editorials, letters to the editors, editorial board listings, errata, advertisements, case reports, news items, society business, meeting abstracts, proceedings, and special issues, will be compared for inclusion and completeness in both formats. Access stability, quality of illustrations and plates, availability of color, currency, and archival access are other factors that must also be considered. Better information on content in the online and print versions will enable libraries to make better decisions on when online is, or is not, enough.