The E-Only Journal Exceptions Policy was adopted by the Perkins Library System Collections Council on April 25, 2007. This policy adapted from the Cornell University Library E-Only Journal Exceptions Policy will guide the acquisition of new and existing journal titles from July 2007 and on. The guiding principle behind the policy is that all journal subscriptions will be digital unless one or more of the following exceptions are met.
1. If the print journal functions better as a browsing journal or current awareness source (e.g., due to interface design in the electronic version)
2. If the quality of images or graphics is demonstrably poorer in the electronic journal.
3. If the print has significant artifactual or aesthetic value.
Electronic Archival Availability
4. If there is no guarantee that the publisher will continue to provide access to the electronic volumes to which we subscribed in case of future cancellation.
5. If there is no evidence of an institutional commitment to the journal's long-term preservation.
Print Retention Responsibility
6. If Duke University Libraries has a either a consortial responsibility to retain a paper copy or another strong responsibility to retain a print archive of this journal title or the subject area to which it belongs.
Timeliness & Reliability
7. If there is any delay between publication of print and availability of online content.
8. If the provider of the electronic journal is unreliable
9. If the content of the print differs from that of the electronic. (e.g., the print version contains significantly more material than the electronic version)
10. If license restrictions prevent the university community from using the electronic version in a way that differs materially from use of the print version.
Adapted from Cornell University Library. E-Only Journal Exceptions Site. Retrieved April 12, 2007, from
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