Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

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Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Disciplinesmultidisciplinary (all subjects);
Record depthabstracting and indexing coverage, including print indexes, online indexes, and indexing and citation databases; from more than 400 global sources (including Scopus and ISI Web of Science)
Format coverageacademic and scholarly journals (all types); open access publications, peer-reviewed titles; popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters; annuals, continuations, conference proceedings; trade publications, consumer magazines, newsletters and bulletins; limited selection of membership directories, comic books, puzzle and game books; titles that have ceased publication since 1974; irregularly published publications, regularly published publications, available free, and available paid subscription only; small publishers, large commercial publishers, scholarly society publishers, independent publishers, and not-for-profit publishers (90,000 publishers).
Geospatial coverage215 countries (International-global)
No. of records336,000+
Update frequencydaily
Print edition
Print titleUlrich's
Print datesannual (limited data available compared to web)

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (ISSN 0000-0175, and ISSN 0000-2100) is the standard library directory and database providing information about popular and academic magazines, scientific journals, newspapers and other serial publications.[1]

The print version has been published since 1932, and was founded by Carolyn F. Ulrich, chief of the periodicals division of the New York Public Library as Periodicals Directory: A Classified Guide to a Selected List of Current Periodicals Foreign and Domestic.[2]

It is now also supplied on-line as Ulrichsweb, which provides web-based and Z39.50 linking to library catalogs. The online version includes over 300,000 active and current periodicals.[3]

Coverage is international, with some emphasis on English-language publications. The information is derived from the publishers and verified by the journal. It includes

  • ISSN
  • Title and previous titles
  • Starting date, place of publication, and publisher
  • Cost, availability of electronic versions, subscription terms, and approximate circulation as estimated by the publisher
  • Subject information, searchable as subject terms or approximate Dewey Classification, special features, and indexing information
  • Indications of whether the publication is available on open access
  • Indication of whether the publication is peer-reviewed, which is taken to include professional magazines with equivalent editorial control of quality.

Earlier published by R.R. Bowker, it moved to CSA, a fellow subsidiary of Cambridge Information Group, in 2006.[4] Following the merger of CSA and ProQuest, Ulrich's moved to ProQuest subsidiary Serials Solutions.[5] The "Serials Solutions" name was retired in 2014

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  1. ^ McDermott, Irene (2002). "Confessions of a serial clicker: Ulrich's on the Web". Searcher. 10 (9): 8–12.
  2. ^ Patterson, Charles D. (1988). "Origins of Systematic Serials Control: Remembering Carolyn Ulrich". Reference Services Review. 16 (1/2): 79–92. doi:10.1108/eb049014.
  3. ^ Kaplan, Laurie (Presenter); Killough, Kara (Presenter); Thomas, Suzanne L. (Recorder) (2012). "A 10 Year Collaboration—Still Going Strong, Ulrich's and ISSN". The Serials Librarian. 62 (1–4): 152. doi:10.1080/0361526X.2012.652907.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Cairns, Michael; Horton, Bo (1 January 2006). "Important information regarding Ulrich's family of products". R.R. Bowker. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006.
  5. ^ "Serials Solutions and Ulrich's align businesses to deliver complementary solutions". 21 June 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2016 – via ProQuest.

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