Statement regarding American Journal of Gastroenterology access

The American Journal of Gastroenterology changed publishers this year, and, as a result, we now have extremely reduced access to the online version of the journal. Although we at the Library strive to provide as complete and stable access to our journals as is possible, in this instance we have been caught in a situation caused by the sponsoring society’s desire to change to a new publisher and a new agreement between them that we only recently were made aware of. Consequently, we no longer can get to the online version of the journal for many years’ articles to which we had subscribed.

This is the fourth time the journal has changed publisher since 2003. We changed to an online-only subscription in 2006, and the print version we have in the Library ended with 2005. Each time the journal moved to a new publisher, all of the content from the previous site was removed, even though we had what’s called perpetual access rights with those earlier publishers, meaning we should always be able to get to the years for which we subscribed to the online-only version.

The removal of all of the old content of American Journal of Gastroenterology from the previous publishers’ sites did not present a problem until this most recent move. Due to an agreement between the journal’s sponsoring society and the new publisher, our online access to this journal is now limited to 2015 to present. As a result of this, we have now lost all of the content for 2006 to 2014. We are not alone in this situation, as many other libraries are reporting they, too, have lost considerable access to older volumes of this journal.

We are currently working with the most recent previous publisher of the journal to get copies of some of those volumes, but those will not be available until later this year. In the meantime, if you need an article for this journal from 2006 through 2014, you will need to use our InterLibrary Loan service.

We are very sorry this situation has occurred, but we are still trying to regain access to those older volumes. In the meantime, though, we know your ability to get to the articles affected by this change has been made much more difficult, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.