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Archive for June, 2008

ticTOCs Beta 2.0 now available!

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on June 6, 2008

A new and much improved version of ticTOCs, the free journal Tables of Contents Service, is now available!

As well as a number of changes to the interface, content now includes 7,733 journal Tables of Contents (TOCs), with details of 170,107 articles, collected from 72 publishers, including most of the TOCs that have been mentioned previously in this blog.

You can use ticTOCs in two main ways:

1. To locate RSS feeds for scholarly journal tables of contents, and then import them into your favourite RSS aggregator or feedreader, either individually using the Get TOC feed links, or in bulk, using the OPML Export link.

2. To locate and view journal TOCs and their latest content, link to the full text of articles, save TOCs to MyTOCs with a single ‘tick’, and export items in TOCs to RefWorks. In order to permanently save your MyTOCs you’ll need to register (simple, and free).

You can search for TOCs by keyword(s) or phrases in journal titles, or browse TOCs by publisher.

Coverage currently favours technology subjects, and does not yet include all Elsevier titles, but there’s more to come shortly, plus subject access and continuously updated content, etc.

ticTOCs collects and displays data from RSS feeds as provided by the publishers, so you may notice that some TOCs include more information than others. We’re working with CrossRef on recommendations for best practice which will cover what information publishers should include in journal TOC RSS feeds, and the best way to structure that information.

ticTOCs – the free current awareness service where researchers keep up-to-date.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCS Management Support


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Inforum presentation – brief report

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on June 4, 2008

There’s a brief report on the spineless? blog¬†about the presentation RSS and current awareness: How two projects (ticTOCs and Gold Dust) are hoping to improve the academic information landscape, given at the Inforum 2008 conference last week.

Rody MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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