What Happens When a Journal Title is Cancelled?

It’s complicated.

The University Libraries’ have finished the journal cancellation process and sent the resulting cancellations to our vendors. Although cancellations are difficult, we appreciate the input that we received from faculty members as we identified titles to cancel. The Libraries cancelled about 285 titles costing over $500,000. Cancellations were spread across disciplines. A complete list of the cancelled titles can be found here.

When the library cancels an online journal subscription, we lose access to new content published after the cancellation. Most of the University Libraries’ subscriptions run on a calendar year, so our access to new content ends on December 31. However, with few exceptions, our licenses guarantee us continued access to content published during the years we had a subscription.


The Libraries subscribed to the online version of International Journal of Plant Sciences from 2007-2018. Beginning in 2019, we will still have access to content published between 2007 and 2018, but we will not have access to new content from 2019 forward.

Short Backfiles:

It is common for publishers to give libraries complementary access to short backfiles of titles to which they have current online subscriptions. In those cases, when the library cancels subscriptions, it loses access to the short backfiles as well.


Using International Journal of Plant Sciences again, the publisher gave complementary access to content back to 1998 with the library’s current subscription. After cancellation, the library will retain access to the subscribed years (2007-2018), but will lose access to the years 1998-2006.

Full-Text Content in Aggregator Databases:

Journal content is often available in aggregated databases such as Ebsco’s Academic Search Complete, although new content may be subject to an embargo. While this access is not guaranteed (publishers can stop providing their content or the library could cancel the database subscription), this access can reduce the impact of losing access to short backfiles and allow ongoing access to new content, albeit with a delay.


International Journal of Plant Sciences has full-text coverage in Academic Search Complete from the year 1993 forward with a 1-year embargo on new content.  Now, post-cancellation, the loss of the short backfile is not an issue and new content will become available with a one-year delay.

Full-Text Content in JSTOR Archives:

Unlike content in aggregator databases, JSTOR is a permanent archive of journal content. It also provides coverage for all of the titles included back to the first volume and issue.


International Journal of Plant Sciences is included in JSTOR’s Life Sciences Archive Collection. There is a four-year embargo on new content, but content under the current title and the previous titles (Botanical Bulletin and Botanical Gazette) is available back to volume 1 published in 1875 with a four-year embargo.

What’s the Bottom Line?

For International Journal of Plant Sciences, after cancellation we will continue to have access to all content with a one-year embargo on new content.

For current content of this journal and for access to content from all of the journals the Libraries have been forced to cancel, interlibrary loan services will be available. For more information on interlibrary loan, see the Libraries’ website and our earlier blog post.

Have Questions?

Our librarians are available to help you navigate journal access.  Please direct other comments and questions to Karen Wilhoit (karen.wilhoit@wright.edu; 775-3039).

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Free Workshop! Trademark Basics – It’s All in a Name

Register online for our FREE Trademark Basics workshop: https://libraries.wright.edu/events/trademarks 

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dunbar Library, Room 241/242

A trademark is a powerful tool for establishing your name in the marketplace. Jay Sorensen, the inventor of the Java Jacket®, has remarked that his trademark is more valuable than his patent. Why? People remember the trademark of his product, not the patent number. How do you go about getting a trademark or service mark?   How do you avoid the dreaded “cease-and-desist” letters? The first thing you have to do is to determine whether your trademark conflicts with current marks being used in the marketplace. It is not as simple as typing in a word in the USPTO trademark research database, TESS. For example, a search for the word juice would look like this: *j{v:2}{”sc”}*[bi,ti]. This type of search is called “pattern matching” and it will be explained and covered in the workshop. You also need to consider similar sounding words regardless of meaning, foreign equivalents, transposition of words, synonyms, design and more!

The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is offering a free trademark workshop for beginning entrepreneurs and small businesses. Join us Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 241 of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library on the WSU campus.

Designed for those with little to no knowledge about intellectual property marks, the workshop will review trademark basics, including the differences between federal, state and common law marks. The mechanics of searching registered marks will be demonstrated using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site and the USPTO trademark database TESS.   A hand’s on portion will allow participants to practice some of the skills learned during the workshop.  A TEASPlus application filing will be demonstrated.  Evidence of use and specimens will also be explained.

Seating for the workshop is limited. For more information, contact Ran Raider, government and history librarian for the University Libraries, at ran.raider@wright.edu or by calling (937) 775-3521.

Registration is required: https://libraries.wright.edu/events/trademarks

In 2000, the WSU Libraries were designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Staff Spotlight on… Toni Vanden Bos!

If you’ve only seen them in movies, you might have an image in your mind of an archivist as someone who works alone, dusting old artifacts. You might be surprised to find that, in addition to working with the historical collections, Toni Vanden Bos, Archivist and Preservation and Cataloging Manager for Special Collections and Archives (SC&A), spends a good deal of time interacting with people, teaching, writing, and presenting. 

Toni is responsible for preserving archival materials as well as assessing the archives environment, prioritizing preservation work, and performing basic preservation techniques such as humidification and flattening, encapsulation, and providing supportive housing for numerous archival formats. She also works with the collections manager to develop and implement the digital preservation program, as well as catalogs manuscript collections, manages gift books and journals, arranges and describes collections, provides reference assistance, and assists with special events as needed.

Toni is a lifelong learner, who always wanted to be a professional student. As a History major in her undergraduate years, she became fascinated by primary source materials -what she calls the “real stuff” of history – the letters, diaries, reports, scrapbooks, albums, audio and moving images created at the time events were happening. Now Toni helps make the history of the Miami Valley region and the history of aviation available to the students, faculty, and staff at Wright State, and the larger global community.  Toni loves to see students, community members, visitors to the SC&A Reading Room, and researchers get excited about the collections. Anyone can come in and request anything and experience the process of exploring and forming their own conclusions. They experience history first-hand, learn from it, and share it through projects, research, and their own stories and family histories.

 Some of Toni’s favorite collections include:
  • The Jane Reece collection, a collection of over 10,000 images on film and glass plate negatives made by a world-renowned Dayton photographer in the early 20th century. It includes portraits of famous natives of the Miami Valley at the time, as well as her own studies in composing artistic poses. Most of the negatives are retouched by Reece’s hand.
  • The Inland Children’s Chorus collection, which features programs, photographs, audio recordings, clippings, memorabilia and more donated by many members of the original chorus, founded by Inland Manufacturing in 1936, active until 1970.
  • The Ivonette Wright Miller collection, the personal papers of the Wright brothers’ neice which includes 18 reels of Wright Family home movies, with scenes of Orville Wright’s nephews sledding at Hawthorne Hill, and what was likely Orville’s last Christmas. Toni was part of the team that got to share these films with Tom Hanks when he visited. 
Toni’s quick tips for preserving and organizing your files, photos, and other keepsakes:
  1. Make controlling temperature and humidity your top priority. At home, a temperature of 70 degrees or cooler and a relative humidity of 30-50% will prolong the life of your family treasures. Avoid areas of the home that experience big swings in temperature and humidity in different seasons, such as attics, and against outside walls;
  2. Reduce exposure to light as much as possible. Light damage is cumulative and irreversible. When displaying family treasures for the long term, consider using a high quality copy.
  3. Monitor/control for pests. Did you know… mice, insects, and other critters eat and nest in paper? Avoid storing materials in garages and damp basements where the risk of pests is greater.
  4. Use archival-quality materials for storage. Not sure what to use? Ask an Archivist!
We learned so much from Toni during our interview. Here are some more fun facts:
  • Toni and the other archivists teach archival skills to graduate students in the History Department who are going into Public History. Toni teaches archival preservation.
  • Toni’s position requires collaboration with various library departments and units on campus, including (but not limited to): The library’s Digital Initiatives and Repository Services, Content Acquisition and Management, Library Computing Services, University Facilities Management and Services, and The Wright State Foundation, among others.
  • The archives receives all kinds of reference requests from the scholarly to the treasure hunt. Because SC&A is the home of the Dayton Daily News Archive, Toni once helped a patron find a personal ad she placed in the Dayton Daily News in the 1980s, which led to her meeting and marrying her husband. (For anyone too young to remember personal ads, think of it as analog-Bumble.) The patron planned to use the ad for their wedding anniversary celebration.
For fun, Toni likes to attend her sons’ baseball and hockey games and enjoys watching the teams’ camaraderie and progress over the course of the season. When she was their age, her favorite book was the Encyclopedia Brown series. If you think about it, it makes sense that someone who loves a good mystery was drawn to the archives.
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Got it free through Google? Probably not.

Are you able to download the full-text of scholarly journal articles in Google Scholar for free?  If so, chances are that article was paid for by the Wright State University Libraries.

The Libraries participate in Google’s Library Links program that offers article-level linking from Google Scholar to University Libraries’ subscription content.  Users with appropriate WSU credentials  – a WSU IP address or students, faculty and staff who login with their W account – will access the full text of articles using the link: “Full Text – Wright State”.

The University Libraries partner with Google, EBSCO and other vendors to configure and maintain the article level links so that Google recognizes Wright State’s access to content that would otherwise be blocked.  Since Google’s product management team defines scholarly content, not all University Libraries’ subscriptions are included.

How do I use this service?

On campus –  Google Scholar automatically provides full text links to content licensed by the University Libraries.

Off-campus – There are two ways to use this service.

  1. Choose the Google Scholar database from the UL website. You will be prompted to enter your campus username and password before searching Google Scholar, and automatically gain access via the “Full Text – Wright State” links.
  2. Begin your search at https://scholar.google.com and associate your Google Account with Wright State University Libraries in the Google Scholar > Settings > Library Links section. Upon first use, you will be prompted to enter your campus username and password.   Need assistance with this process?  Ask a Librarian can help.

To get the most full-text material with the greatest ease we recommend using the University Libraries website link to get to Google Scholar.

WSU students faculty and staff can set their Google Scholar account to easily import citations into RefWorks, a citation management product provided by the University Libraries.

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