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.
ticTOCs home: http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/
News from ticTOCs blog: https://tictocsnews.wordpress.com/
For more information, contact:
Roddy MacLeod, ticTOCs Management Support, Heriot-Watt University Library, Edinburgh, UK
tel: +44 (0)131 451 3576