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    Ulrichsweb: General FAQ

    • Product: Ulrichs

    Where can I find answers to general questions about Ulrichsweb?

    Latest Update: Dec. 7, 2010 (minor changes)
    1. What is Ulrichsweb?

      Ulrichsweb is the authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types -- academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world. It covers all subjects, and includes publications that are published regularly or irregularly and are circulated free of charge or by paid subscription.

    2. Why is it called Ulrich's?

      Ulrich's is named after its originator -- Carolyn Farquhar Ulrich, the Head of Periodicals at the New York Public Library. Ulrich's was first published in 1932 as "Periodicals Directory: A Classified Guide to a Selected List of Current Periodicals Foreign and Domestic." This title continued through the 3rd edition published in 1938. Then, with the 4th edition (1943), the title was changed to honor Ms. Ulrich and became "Ulrich's Periodicals Directory: A Selected Guide to Current Periodicals, Inter-American Edition" (with a focus on non-European titles because of the difficulty in getting information during WWII). From 1943-1965, the title was "Ulrich's Periodicals Directory." Then, with the 11th edition in 1965, it became known as "Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory," the title it held until the publication of the 39th edition in 2000, when it reverted to an earlier title, "Ulrich's Periodicals Directory." It also incorporated Irregular Serials and Annuals in 1988. Since its early days Ulrich's has been the global source for periodicals information.

    3. What types of serials are not included in Ulrichsweb?

      While aiming for maximum title coverage, Ulrichsweb has established certain criteria for inclusion. Ulrichsweb covers publications that meet the definition of a serial, except administrative publications of governmental agencies below state level that can be easily found elsewhere. A limited selection of membership directories, comic books, and puzzle and game books is also included.

    4. Can a serial be included in Ulrichsweb if it does not have an ISSN?

      Yes. Although an ISSN is not required for a title to be included in Ulrichsweb, it is strongly recommended that every eligible serial have an ISSN.

    5. Do publishers have to pay to get their titles included in Ulrichsweb?

      No. There is no charge for a listing in Ulrichsweb. All listings are free. Participation and cooperation by publishers is encouraged in order to ensure Ulrichsweb provides its users with the most accurate and comprehensive serials information possible.

    6. What is a Refereed serial?

      As used in the Ulrichsweb knowledgebase, the term "refereed" is applied to a journal that has been peer-reviewed. Refereed serials include articles that have been reviewed by experts and respected researchers in specific fields of study including the sciences, technology, the social sciences, and arts and humanities.

    7. Ulrichsweb includes Open Access Journals. What does that mean?

      Titles in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) are included in Ulrichsweb, as are other publications that support a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Publications with limited free access -- such as those that may be available free only for a select period of time or that have other restrictions on free use -- are included in Ulrichsweb but are not found using the "Open Access" limiter. To find all free publications, a user can select the Price Type "Free" option in Advanced Search.

    8. Does Ulrichsweb include information about where a title is abstracted and indexed?

      Yes. Ulrichsweb tracks and updates abstracting and indexing coverage data from more than 400 sources worldwide including print indexes, online indexes, and indexing and citation databases like Scopus and ISI Web of Science.

    9. What does it mean that Ulrichsweb maintains a "vendor-neutral" stance?

      Serials information users rely on Ulrichsweb to provide an unbiased approach to data collection and the widest possible breadth of information about serials and serials providers. For this reason Ulrichsweb includes publications from all types of publishers, from large commercial entities and scholarly societies to independent publishers and not-for-profit publishers. In addition, Ulrichsweb collects and reports electronic availability data from as many providers as possible, including aggregators and publishers, abstracting and indexing services, document suppliers, reprint services, and others. It is not Ulrichsweb policy to exclude a provider's information from Ulrichsweb records for competitive reasons. Similarly, Ulrichsweb is designed to work with a library's link resolver, federated search tool, or local catalog regardless of vendor or ILS and includes many other linking options for mutual subscribers of key serials and e-resource services.

    10. Are Ulrich's subject headings the same as Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal subject headings?

      No. Ulrichsweb Subject Headings are proprietary subject headings used to classify the serials in the Ulrichsweb database. They are generally based on Library of Congress (LC) subjects, but are created and maintained by Ulrichsweb. The subject headings are overseen by our Ulrichsweb editorial team. Ulrichsweb subjects are known and respected in the library community, are patron-friendly and easy-to-utilize, flexible alternative to Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress subject classifications for serials.

    11. Do Ulrichsweb records contain information about a title's circulation?

      Ulrichsweb contains circulation data for a wide range of serials, but mostly for US newspapers and for trade and consumer publications. Not every Ulrichsweb record contains circulation data. Where it is present, circulation data is displayed in the Demographics section of an Ulrich's record. The circulation figures in Ulrich's records relate to the number of customers to whom the publication is sent per issue. It is not related to the number of articles published per issue or the number of titles published each year. Circulation designations in Ulrich's records reflect the type of circulation for the publication: "paid" (i.e., the number reflects paid subscriptions); "paid and controlled" (i.e., the number reflects the fact that some recipients pay for their subscriptions and others receive free issues); "controlled" (i.e., all of the subscribers are sent the publication as part of a group); and "unspecified" (i.e., the publisher has not specified the type of circulation). Ulrichsweb works with national circulation bureaus and associations as well as with publishers for the reporting of circulation figures for individual titles.

    12. Is the pricing given in Ulrichsweb for institutions or individuals? [Question added Oct. 22, 2009]

      Pricing information includes a notation in regard to the price type -- for example, "Institutional" or "Individual." Different price types may be searched on using the Advanced Search feature in Ulrichsweb.

    13. What types of libraries subscribe to Ulrichsweb?

      Ulrichsweb subscribers include libraries and knowledge centers around the world and represent all types and sizes of public, private, academic, corporate, and government institutions.

    14. How do libraries use Ulrichsweb?

      Librarians, faculty, students, and patrons in subscribing libraries use Ulrichsweb for many purposes. Ulrichsweb is used by librarians who work in all facets of librarianship including collection development, selection, acquisitions, reference, research, and electronic resource management. Library patrons rely on Ulrichsweb to make serials search and discovery easy and effective, and Ulrichsweb brings them in-depth information on serials in more than 950 subject areas. Researchers in all disciplines rely on Ulrichsweb.com to help them identify periodicals in which to publish or which support their research interests, and they can easily determine whether journals -- and other serials they identify as being held by their own library -- are available via Open Access, or are serviced by document suppliers. Ulrichsweb is often a key component in an academic library's bibliographic instruction programs because it can be used to identify peer-reviewed journals and other academic and scholarly resources. If there's a need for serials information at your library, Ulrichsweb can help!

    15. Who else uses Ulrichsweb?

      Publishers subscribe to Ulrichsweb to get the latest information about serials published around the world. The world of serials publishing is growing in complexity, and publishers rely on Ulrichsweb to keep them apprised of new publication launches, new electronic providers, journal transfers, and more. Research laboratories, corporate information centers, and other organizations use Ulrichsweb to meet their ongoing serials information needs.

    16. How was Magazines for Libraries chosen to provide reviews? Are there any other reviewing sources? (Question added Oct. 22, 2009)

      The annual publication called Magazines for Libraries is not the only source of reviews in Ulrichsweb. There are reviews from Library Journal and other sources. Users of Ulrichsweb can search for publications reviewed in any of the available sources using the Advanced Search feature. Magazines for Libraries is one of the most well-respected and trusted sources of reviews about serial publications. It has been published since 1969 and its reviews are written by professional librarians. Its scope is well beyond magazines, and includes scholarly journals, A&I sources and databases as well. Magazines for Libraries has been published annually in print by ProQuest since 2007. Prior to that, it was published by Bowker, which is now a part of ProQuest.


    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 21-Feb-2014
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