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Archive for December, 2008

Bloggers help make ticTOCs launch a success

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on December 19, 2008

A number of bloggers around the world have helped make the launch of ticTOCs a big success.  Very many thanks go to the following, who have helped us spread the word:

Peter Scott’s Library Blog

Open Access News


Washington University Libraries

Organization Monkey


Karen Blakeman’s Blog

UK eInformation Group


Science Library Pad

Marcus P Zillman

Genome Technology Online

E-resursnyheter från Stockholms universitetsbibliotek

UKeiG Blog


Information Services Update

Lis Links

CBS Bibliotek

Bibliographic Wilderness

Science Resources

Science @ UCD Library


Tales From The Terminal Room

Greek LIS

ZBChem News


Savage Minds

Internet News

UTAS Liaison Librarians’ Blog


TU Tiger Tech


SLA Military Libraries


E-resursnyheter från Stockholms universitetsbibliotek

SciTech Library Question

RFF Library Blog

Later On

Library News for the Faculty of Development and Society

Boulder Laboratories Library

Swinburne Library Blog

Swansea Learning Lab Blog

OPL Plus


Recherchen Blog

Bournemouth University Library: Research Support

Library News for Computing and Engineering


NSUBA Library

What I Learned Today


The Caribbean Librarian

Business Librarian

News from the University of Alberta Engineering Librarians

DLS Duthie

The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog

University of Haifa – Library

Stephen’s Web

Interesting Pile

Tellio’s InterWeb Notes

EASE Journal Blog


Library Blog Buzz

The Humanities Librarian

The View from my Window

Library News for the School of Urban Development

Library Views

Electronic Resources Newsletter

PSE Library News


Queen’s University Library

Strictly Legal – The Birkbeck Law Librarian’s Blog

NordLib 2.0

MMU Library

The Design Librarian

Dartmouth College Library

Deep Focus

בלוג הספריות של אוניברסיטת תל-אביב

Library News for Science

Hot New Resources

Science & Engineering Library News & Views – The University of Nottingham

Information Literacy Weblog

Library News for Arts


University of Aukland Library: Arts

University of Greenwich Information & Library Services Blog

CIT Library News

UJ Sciences Library News

Dean’s Update



Kinda Learning Stuff

Science of the Invisible

UJ Science Librarian Blog

CardioThoracic Centre Knowledge and Information

UE Library News

Library News for Applied Sciences

Služba ticTOCs – obsahy časopisů na dlani

Emerging Technologies Librarian

Steenbock Memorial Library

RSC NewsFeed

Virtual Library Cat’s Eye View

The Krafty Librarian

If I’ve missed any, please let me know.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support


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New journal titles added to ticTOCs – where researchers keep up-to-date

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on December 18, 2008

The following titles have been added to the ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents Service:

Advances in Astronomy         

Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Advances in Artificial Neural Systems

Advances in Acoustics and Vibration

Advances in Bioinformatics

Advances in Civil Engineering

Advances in Condensed Matter Physics

Applied and Environmental Soil Science

Advances in Fuzzy Systems

Advances in Human-Computer Interaction        

Advances in Mechanical Engineering

Advances in Mathematical Physics

Advances in Materials Science and Engineering

Advances in Nonlinear Optics

Advances in Optical Technologies

Advances in Physical Chemistry

Advances in Virology

Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research

Engineering Education: Journal of the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre

Gastroenterology Research and Practice

International Journal of Agronomy

International Journal of Chemical Engineering

International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting

International Journal of Endocrinology

International Journal of Microbiology

International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology

International Journal of Power Management Electronics

International Journal of Quality, Statistics, and Reliability

International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing

International Journal of Reacting Systems

International Journal of Vehicular Technology

International Journal of Zoology

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases

Journal of Biophysics

Journal of Cancer Epidemiology

Journal of Computer Systems, Networks, and Communications

Journal of Oncology

Journal of Toxicology         


Psyche: A Journal of Entomology

Research Letters in Biochemistry

Research Letters in Electronics

Research Letters in Inorganic Chemistry

Research Letters in Nanotechnology

Research Letters in Optics     

Research Letters in Organic Chemistry    

Texture, Stress, and Microstructure  

X-Ray Optics and Instrumentation    

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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Scholarly journals – new free service makes keeping up-to-date easy

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on December 11, 2008

This is the press release announcing the availability of ticTOCs – the journal tables of contents service.

Keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature just became much easier, thanks to a new service called ticTOCs  – Journal Tables of Contents Service.

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service.  It’s free, its easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers.  It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject.

Using ticTOCs, you can find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher, view the latest TOC, link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow), and save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs (free registration is required if you want to permanently save your MyTOCs).  ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feedreaders such as Google Reader and Bloglines, and in addition you can import article citations into RefWorks (where institutional or personal subscriptions allow).

You select TOCs by ticking those of interest – thousands of TOCs, within a tick or two (hence the name ticTOCs).

ticTOCs has been funded under the JISC Users & Innovation programme, and has been developed by an international consortium consisting of the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute.

Lawrie Phipps, Users & Innovation Programme Manager, said “I’m delighted that such a useful service as ticTOCs has emerged from the JISC U&I Programme.  Keeping up-to-date with the latest articles in scholarly journals is vitally important for researchers, but authors and publishers will also benefit from more widespread dissemination of their content.”

Behind the scenes, the ticTOCs service aggregates TOC RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds produced by journal publishers.  The content of the TOCs displayed within ticTOCs is dependent on the information contained in the publishers’ RSS feeds.  RSS feeds exported via ticTOCs are the publishers’ own feeds.  Links to articles are to either the full text, or landing pages, on publishers’ websites.  Content includes journals from Elsevier, Springer-verlag, John Wiley and Sons, Informa (Taylor and Francis), Sage Publications, Sabinet Online, Oxford University Press, Inderscience Publishers, Cambridge University Press, Biomed Central, Wolters Kluwer, Emerald, IEEE, Revues, Nature Publishing Group, Hindawi, Institute of Physics, and over 400 other publishers.

A ticTOCs Project subgroup, led by Geoffrey Bilder of CrossRef, will publish Recommendations for best practice covering the information that publishers should include in journal TOC RSS feeds, and the best way to structure that information.  This will improve the quality of data and facilitate interoperability for anyone, or any service, that uses TOC RSS feeds.  The recommendations will appear on the ticTOCs website when available, and will also be publicised elsewhere.  An article entitled: RSS and Scholarly Journal Tables of Contents: the ticTOCs Project, and Good Practice Guidelines for Publishers, appeared in the Octover 2008 issue of FUMSI.  This article gives some detailed guidelines for publishers on best practice for TOC RSS feeds.  Other ticTOCs work planned for the future includes alerts for new content, and search across all content.

STM journal publishing is a $5 billion industry, with a potential audience of 5.5 million researchers globally.  The latest published articles are the cream on this publishing cake, and it is important for publishers, researchers and authors to make sure that current content is discovered and exploited as soon after publication as possible.  At the present time, ticTOCs makes this possible for almost half of the currently published journal titles, and as more and more publishers produce RSS TOC feeds, that number will increase.

Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, said on her Organization Monkey blog, of the new ticTOCs service:  “it is a goldmine of a way to stay current with the literature.”

Gary Price (ResourceShelf) commented: “In a word, wow!”

Science @ UCD Library said: “You may find that this is the answer you have been looking for when it comes to staying current with newly published research.”

“ticTOCs is impressive…This is terrific.” Internet News

ticTOCs is where researchers keep-up-to-date. You don’t need to know anything about RSS to use ticTOCs, but if you do, there are various additional features to help you.


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Presentation on ticTOCs (in French)

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on December 10, 2008

Santy Chumbe, the ticTOCs Technical Manager, gave the presentation: ticTOCs Project at a meeting “Journée d’études sur la mutualisation des systèmes de signalement des contenus de périodiques en sciences humaines et sociales” 27th Nov 2008, organised by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon (Universite de Lyon).

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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