Magazine article American Libraries

U.S. Serial Services Price Index for 1995

Magazine article American Libraries

U.S. Serial Services Price Index for 1995

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This is the 32nd annual survey of U.S. Serial Services, a product of the ALA/ALCTS Library Materials Price Index Committee, working in conjunction with the Faxon Company.

The selection of titles surveyed and determination of prices were in accordance with the guidelines of the American National Standard for Library and Information Sciences and Related Publishing Practices--Library Materials--Criteria for Price Indexes (ANSI Z39.20--1983). The standard defines a U.S. Serial Service as "a periodical publication that revises, cumulates, abstracts, or indexes information in a specific field on a regular basis by means of new or replacement issues, pages, or cards, intended to provide information otherwise not readily available."

A total of 1,280 titles were included in the data for Tables 1--7. Additionally, the H. W. Wilson Company provided data for 19 titles in Table 8. This year, 66 titles were dropped from the index, having been discontinued altogether or having been discontinued in paper. Fifty-two titles were identified as replacements for the dropped titles and were chosen to correspond as closely as possible to the dropped titles in price range and subject content. The "Business" (Table 2) sample size grew by three titles due to the split of one title into four separate publications. All four new titles were added in order to maintain the same body of coverage that the original title offered. Replacements were found in sufficient numbers to maintain the sample size in all other subject categories; however, there were too few replacement titles issued by the federal government to keep the "U.S. Documents" (Table 7) sample size constant. As a result, the number of titles in the "U.S. Documents" table dropped from 170 to 187. An examination of the titles dropped in that category showed that although most of these are no longer published at all, some titles are still produced, but are only available in electronic formats, primarily CD-ROM. One title is now only available via the Internet (at no charge).

TABLE 1: U.S. SERIAL SERVICES (Excluding "Wilson Index"; excluding

Russian Translations as of 1988; 66 titles dropped; 52 titles added)

         Number      Average   Price
Year     of Titles    Price   Change   Index
1977          1432  $142.27     NA      100.0
1978          1426   153.95     8.2%    108.2
1979          1450   171.06    11.1%    120.2
1980          1470   194.21    13.5%    136.5
1981          1477   219.75    13.2%    154.5
1982          1494   244.52    11.3%    171.9
1983          1525   274.72    12.4%    193.1
1984          1537   295.13     7.4%    207.4
1985-87        NA     NA        NA       NA
1988          1310   341.32     NA      239.9
1989          1308   363.20     6.4%    255.3
1990          1308   377.24     3.9%    265.2
1991          1307   412.38     9.3%    289.9
1992          1294   445.37     8.0%    313.0
1993          1294   466.57     4.8%    327.9
1994          1294   489.76     5.0%    344.2
1995          1280   522.01     6.6%    366.9

TABLE 2: BUSINESS (9 titles dropped; 12 titles added)

         Number      Average   Price
Year     of Titles    Price   Change   Index
1977        255     $216.28      NA     100.0
1978        262      222.45     2.9%    102.9
1979        270      249.05    12.0%    115.2
1980        279      294.00    18.0%    135.9
1981        271      343.29    16.8%    158.7
1982        276      371.03     8.1%    171.6
1983        286      417.83    12.6%    193.2
1984        289      437.07     4.6%    202.1
1985-87      NA       NA        NA       NA
1988        281      458.33     NA      211.9
1989        281      493.23     7.6%    228.1
1990        281      523.79     6.2%    242.2
1991        281      584.93    11.7%    270.5
1992        278      625.67     7.0%    289.3
1993        278      641.28     2.5%    296.5
1994        278      676.44     5.5%    312. … 
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