May 16, 2022

So Long Print: College & Research Libraries (C&RL) To Become Online-Only Publication

From ACRL:

College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the official scholarly research journal of ACRL, will adopt an online-only publication model beginning in Jan. 2014. The Nov. 2013 issue will be the final print issue of the journal. C&RL is freely available as an open access online publication.

This shift in publication model is the result of thoughtful study undertaken with input from a survey of the ACRL membership by the Board of Directors, Budget & Finance Committee, C&RL Editorial Board, Publications Coordinating Committee, and other stakeholder groups to balance the ways readers prefer to engage with ACRL publications with the financial realities of the changing scholarly publishing landscape. The membership survey informed discussions and the final decision to invest resources in the online platform rather than sustain print.


Hosted through HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, C&RL’s online presence provides a variety of robust features.

The first issue of C&RL was published in 1939. It became an open access publication in April 2011.

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