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What criteria does EBSCO use when including journals in databases?

When deciding which journals should be included in a database, EBSCO considers the following:

  • What content do we have rights to?
  • What content makes sense for this database?
  • Does an existing agreement with a publisher restrict us from including specific content in this database?

 

What content do we have rights to?

We are always pursuing new relationships and looking to improve existing agreements that we have secured with publishers.

What content makes sense for this database?

We use ranking studies, ISI impact factor, usage reports from subject indexes (such as PsycINFO, MEDLINE, ERIC, EconLit, Inspec, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, etc.), subscription data from EBSCO Subscription Services, feedback from advisory boards, etc. Guidelines may vary by database.

EBSCO's Product Management team works with our 17 advisory boards and focus groups to determine proper content direction for each of our product lines. Customer feedback also plays an important role in our decisions for content placement. Should customers have a specific titles or publishers they would like us to consider, we would be happy to review such requests.

Does an existing agreement with a publisher restrict us from including specific content in this database?

The wording in our contract with a publisher may restrict us from title placement on certain databases. Or, a publisher may indicate that content be included only on a specific database. (Publisher agreements usually contain confidentiality clauses that prevent us from going into greater detail on this issue.)