Have you looked for the latest developments in AIDS research, the results of clinical trials of an experimental drug, a critical review of vascular imaging techniques, or case reports of a rare syndrome? These and similar questions routinely prompt practitioners to consult the clinical journal literature. Journals are also essential tools for keeping up in a specialty, but we hear the frequent lament that there are too many journals. The 2960 journals indexed by the National Library of Medicine for Index Medicus and MEDLINE represent only a fraction of the world's biomedical literature. With scores of new journals being started each year, keeping up is a formidable task.
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Not only have the number and specialization of journals increased, but subscription prices have risen rapidly in recent years. Unfortunately, the budgets of neither libraries nor individuals have kept pace. With more journals to choose from and with