Sam Brooks, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing began to discuss the amount of full text journals within CINAHL full text. Among the 579 full text journals, 348 have no embargo, 12 have a 90 day or less embargo, 132 have a 7-12 month embargo. There were no journals with an embargo greater than 12 months and there were approximately 12 journals that have a permanent embargo.
What is a permanent embargo? These are the LWW journals that used to be full text within EBSCO CINAHL but are no longer available full text for new articles. This brought up an interesting little revelation.
According to Brooks, the reason Ovid will not have CINAHL is because LWW (who owns Ovid) pulled their full text journals from EBSCO. He said EBSCO has offered to let Ovid have CINAHL back again if they (LWW) will allow full text articles back into the EBSCO databases.
So in the middle of the political business game of keep away, librarians are the victims. But I am wondering if LWW didn't end up shooting themselves in their Ovid foot. I have spoken to many librarians who have Ovid who are beginning to wonder if it is really worth keeping Ovid once they lose CINAHL. After all, Medline is free through PubMed, CINAHL will only be through EBSCO, and there are a lot of other quality EBM databases out there.