Why are the print journals filed by call number instead of by their titles?
The Library of Congress call number system that the library uses is designed to organize materials together by subject matter. Print journals are included in that system so that journals will sit on the shelves near the books about similar subjects so that patrons may find and become familiar with the major current research in their subject area. Also, journals tend to change titles, and the new titles are often not obvious. If journals were shelved by title, a single publication with continuous numbering could be separated throughout the collection.