Continued access to Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ and JAMA
The University of Oslo Library continues to ensure access to the journals Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ (British Medical Journal) (29 journals) and JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) (8 journals) for staff and students at UiO and OUS.
The University of Oslo Library gives you access to the Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ and JAMA. Photo: Øystein Horgmo, UiO
On 6 December 2020, The Norwegian Electronic Health Library (Helsebiblioteket.no) sent a letter to its users and partners informing them that, due to price increases, currency fluctuations and budget cuts, they unfortunately have to cancel the subscription to the central medical journals Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ (British Medical Journal) (29 journals) and JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) (8 journals).
The University of Oslo Library ensures access
It has provoked reactions and concern that national access to important sources for quality-assured information is no longer open to medical environments in Norway. However, the University of Oslo Library has allocated funds so that further access to all subscriptions is ensured for all employees and students associated with Oslo University Hospital (OUS) and UiO.
If access still does not work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or report an error on the resource in Oria.
At the same time, other consequences of weakened finances at Helsebiblioteket.no are followed up in other channels.
Helsebiblioteket.no is part of the the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and receives its funds from the Ministry of Health and Care Services. Helsebiblioteket.no provides access to medical databases and journals through national agreements, and UiO and OUS have access to various resources through these agreements.
Since 2016, the Helsebiblioteket.no has had financial challenges due to high price increases for purchased resources and currency fluctuations with a weak Norwegian krone. The cuts in recent years have hit the journals hard, most recently the two journal packages PsycARTICLES and the ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection, which were terminated on 1 March 2020. The journal package PsycARTICLES will also be continued by the University of Oslo Library. From January 2021, Helsebiblioteket.no had to cancel the journals Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ and JAMA. This means that the Health Library has only one journal left - the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more about this at Helsebiblioteket.no