Online journals now displayed alongside our latest print journals

We have redesigned our Current Journals Display, located in the main aisle of the library – not only is it more colourful but we have also added a selection of our online journals.

Open Access journals are clearly identifiable and popular weeklies received in print (New Statesman, The Economist) are easy to find.

Our Current Journals Display provides a flavour of the titles received across the subject areas supported by the Social Science Library.  To check if we subscribe to a particular journal please search SOLO.

If there is a journal title that you would like to see on our Current Journals Display, or that you would like us to subscribe to, please tell us.

E-journal availability issues 4th & 7th December

phone tablet and computer with hourglass on screenPlease note that due to server moves by our service provider, there will be no access to ejournals or ejournal articles via OU ejournals or SOLO during the following time periods:

  • Sunday 4 December from 08:00 until 12:00 GMT
  • Wednesday 7 December from 04:45 until 06:15 GMT
  • Thursday 8 December from 04:45 until 06:15 GMT (Apologies for last minute change)

However, most e-journals will still be available via their websites (through Google Scholar or searching databases directly) if accessed via the University network or VPN during the downtime.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

SSL Print Journals Update


With full support from the Library Committee the SSL moved 632m of print journals to the Book Storage Facility during August and September 2015. These journals had not been used at all within the last five years and the content is available online. If you prefer to consult the print version you now order it to the SSL and more than 20 other Bodleian Libraries locations by placing a stack request.

The SSL statistics collection will be moved onto the vacated journal shelves, and this will provide essential growth room within the book sequence.

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SSL Core Collection of Print Journals


1. Context: Social Science Library review of journal provision

On 20 February 2015 the SSL Library Committee (CLiPS) supported the recommendation that the SSL will review current print journal subscriptions when they come up for renewal, with a view to cancelling those that are available via existing electronic subscriptions or replacing with new electronic subscriptions. However, the SSL will first identify a ‘Core Collection’ of print titles for browsing in the library and print titles will only be cancelled where post-cancellation access to the electronic title is assured.

2. Identifying the Core Collection

An initial scoping exercise has revealed that 496 print journal titles have been used (i.e. reshelved) since May 2012. Only 38 titles have been used twenty times or more during the last three years. These titles are listed in the Journal High Use table (PDF, 85.9 KB), in descending order of usage. Current print subscriptions are indicated in bold font, and electronic access is indicated with a Y.

We propose that this list forms the basis for the Core Collection, and seek the views of library readers on which titles should be kept, added or removed. Please contact us with any feedback or suggestions you have.

Electronic Legal Deposit: Important changes to SSL print journals

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What is Electronic Legal Deposit (eLD)?

At midnight on 5/6 April 2013, new legislation came into force allowing the Bodleian Libraries and the other Legal Deposit Libraries in the UK and Ireland, to access electronic books, articles, web pages and other electronic documents published in the UK. However, we will not have immediate access to all electronic publications! For practical purposes, the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013 will be implemented gradually over several years.

 As part of this on-going implementation of new legal deposit legislation, the Legal Deposit Libraries have now agreed to accept journals via Electronic Legal Deposit (eLD) from several publishers including Sage, Wiley and Cambridge University Press.

What does this mean for the SSL with regard to print journals?

The SSL currently receives 417 journals via Legal Deposit. The number of current issues that the SSL receives in print will diminish as publishers make the transition from print deposit to electronic deposit.

The SSL eLD Journal Titles list (Excel, 19.3 KB), shows the titles for which issues may no longer be available within the SSL print journals collection from 2014 onwards. PLEASE NOTE that this list is a rough guide only and subject to change.

What alternatives are there?

Current issues of these journals are already available through our e-journal subscriptions, and you will find them listed in SOLO and OU e-Journals.

If you’re used to browsing the new issues of your favourite print journals in the SSL, take a look at the online service JournalTOCS, which delivers the table of contents of followed journals to your email as new issues are published.

For further information

Talk to our library staff

Watch the eLD video tutorial on the SOLO webpage

View the SSL and Bodleian Libraries’ eLD webpages

New e-journal. Research Synthesis Methods

Research Synthesis Methods is now available on Wiley Online Library via SOLO and Oxford University e-Journals. It is likely to be of interest to all social scientists, and in particular researchers and students in Evidence-based Social Intervention.

Research Synthesis Methods is a multidisciplinary peer reviewed journal devoted to the development and dissemination of methods for designing, conducting, analyzing, interpreting, reporting, and applying systematic research synthesis. It aims to facilitate the creation and exchange of knowledge about research synthesis methods that is of general interest or utility for the many fields and disciplines in which research synthesis is undertaken or used. Research synthesis is common in the health and social sciences and many of the methods explored in this journal will apply directly to these disciplines and to their practitioners. The journals aim is to cross-fertilize these fields as well as others so as to enrich the methods of research synthesis in all scientific disciplines.”