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I want to be completely honest with you about ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 27, 2009

Nowadays, online (and other) marketing often seems to be little more than a relentless stream of positive statements about whatever it is that’s being promoted at the time. It’s always good news – seems to be the message from most marketeers.

In the case of the launch of ticTOCs, the Journal Tables of Contents Service, we’ve received a considerable amount of feedback.  There has been a lot of praise in the press.  We’ve also had a handful of more qualified responses.

I’d like to look at some of the various responses below.

Firstly, the praise.  This has come from a host of bloggers in different parts of the world.  Already, about 90 bloggers have posted about it’s benefits for researchers.

Examples include:

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

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

 “What I really liked about TicTOCs was that it is very easy to use, it has a nice interface, and you can set up RSS feeds.” ” …am often in awe of those clever people at JISC, so to paraphrase a well known Australian TV commercial for margarine: “Good on ya JISC – you aught to be congratulated”. ”  Bibliothekia

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

“Most excellent!”  SLA Military Libraries Blog

“I really like the TOC service ticTOCs. It makes it very easy to start following TOC:s from scholarly journals. …I also find the feeds structure rather consistent while sometimes in database TOC alerts I have got feeds where each item is really just a link to a new TOC at the publicher’s site. “  Nordlib 2.0

“…this is a terrific current awareness service…What an incredible time saver this service is. Finding the RSS feeds for even a handful of journals can be time consuming, finding them for over 11,000 journals, wow! Thank you to consortium that put this together.”  PAFA.NET

News about ticTOCs has also appeared in a number of trade publications, such as Research Information, and Information Today

Now, it’s always very encouraging to get feedback such as those comments above, and those are only a selection of some of the nice things that have been said about ticTOCs.  It can also, actually, be very helpful, for a service’s development, to get more qualified responses, so, now for some of the one’s we’ve received.

The University of Auckland Library wrote [ticTOCs] perhaps oversells its strengths. 11,000 journals is an impressive total, but there are still some important journals not on  the list.”  “…the subject lists are clumsy and poorly organised. For example the Sociology subject currently has 279 titles with no more specific subjects.”  and finally “Those reservations aside, it’s a very useful service, and coming from JISC has a good academic focus.”

Those are all valid points.  Since it’s launch, we’ve added several hundred more journal TOCs to ticTOCs, and the total, as of today, is 11,904 from 431 publishers.  This represents more than half of the scholarly journals being published, and nearly all of the most important publishers’ content is included in ticTOCs.  However, there are still many journals which are not included in ticTOCs.

We are dependent on the journal publishers in this respect.  If a journal publisher includes RSS feeds for their journal TOCs, then we can almost certainly include them in ticTOCs.  As yet, not all publishers, including many smaller publishers, do so.  But the figure is growing all the time.

It must be remembered that ticTOCs is a project funded by JISC.  Part of that project has been to develop a TOC service using RSS feeds.  Another important part of the project is to encourage publishers to produce not only TOC RSS feeds, but feeds of good quality metadata.  To that end, recommendations for publishers are currently being drafted.  These recommendations will potentially benefit everyone.  Lisa Rogers explains further, in her article in FUMSI.  ticTOCs can only display information if it’s supplied as part of the publishers’ TOC RSS feeds, which is why some journals TOCs don’t feature abstracts.  Also, because the feeds are sometimes not very standardised, we have to ‘normalise’ them so that they appear better within the ticTOCs interface. C’mon publishers – get your act together!

The subject categories for journals in ticTOCs are supplied to us by Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory.  Ulrich’s is the premier periodicals reference source and is aligned with Serials Solutions in the ProQuest family.  ProQuest is a partner in the ticTOCs project.  It’s fair to say that no subject classification scheme will suit everyone.  There are always issues concerning the level of granularity.  However, being able to import subject categories from Ulrich’s has been helpful and has certainly saved us time, and it would not have been possible for us to manually classify 11,000+ journals.

On the same theme, Knowbodies wrote:  “…an authority list of subjects would be a great improvement.” We can’t supply this, as the headings belong to Ulrich’s.

I should point out that some of the journal TOCs that have been added recently to ticTOCs don’t yet have subject headings.  We’re working on this.

In another post, Washington University Libraries wrote that. ” It [ticTOCs] requires a lot less effort than setting up an RSS reader and finding appropriate feeds—though of course with less flexibility.”  This is definitely true.   If you want the flexibility that a feed reader such as Bloglines or Google Reader offers, then you’ll need to export your feeds to that feed reader.  It has not been the objective of ticTOCs to develop the same functionality as these readers (which have much more funding/support than we do), but instead to make it easy to read (and export) journal TOCs in a user-friendly environment.

Science Library Pad wrote that ticTOCs was a bit of a missed opportunity, and assumed that the service would do three things:  “keyword search against article titles; email alerts; provide OpenURLs and COINS for your link resolver and browser tools.”

Well, we’re currently working on the first two things.  Search across all content is something that may be introduced in the not too distant future, and the same goes for email alerts, which would make the service much better.   Open URL COinS could come later.

Bibliographic Wilderness wrote:  “If only they had an API, then I could actually do something with it. And a contact email address somewhere on the web page so I could ask them about that wouldn’t hurt. They seem to be anonymous.”  Hmm – I’ve never been accused of being anonymous before 😉 .  This blog has contact details, and there’s details of the consortium that developed ticTOCs on the main website.  We thought that that was enough, but maybe it wasn’t.  As for the API – yes, we’ve been asked this several times, and the answer is that it is currently being written and should be available very soon.

Superpatron wrote:  “I haven’t used it enough to know if there’s any kind of intelligent proxy based server integration for those who are off site.”  No, there isn’t.  This is out of scope of the present ticTOCs project.   However, as Terry Bucknell pointed out in response to Superpatron’s post:  If your library uses EZproxy then they can update their EZproxy config file so that you can access ticTOCs via EZproxy. Full-text links from ticTOCs to publishers’ sites will then give you access to full-text (if your library has subscriber access and has configured EZproxy to work with that site too).

The final criticism I read from a couple of bloggers concerned the time it has taken ticTOCs to develop the service (20 months).  I couldn’t agree more, but I’d point out that these things nearly always take longer than you at first think.  In fact, it’s been exactly 5 years since the idea of ticTOCs was first mooted!  It takes a lot of time to build interest, support and partnerships, and then apply for funding from the appropriate funding stream.  And then you get down to the actual development.

Keep the blog posts and comments coming, and I’ll try to answer any further questions or issues.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support


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2,000th registration for ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 24, 2009

We’re delighted to announce that, earlier this week, the 2,000th person registered with ticTOCs.  As it’s not necessary to register in order to use much of the service, but only if you want to permanently save your selections of TOCs and use ticTOCs on a regular basis, this shows how much interest there is in the service.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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27 Edinburgh University Press journals have been added to ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 16, 2009

Tables of Content (TOCs) for the following 27 Edinburgh University Press journals have been added to ticTOCs, the free service where it only takes a tick or two to keep up-to-date with scholarly literature.


African Journal of International and Comparative Law

Archives of Natural History

Ben Jonson Journal

Comparative Critical Studies


Dance Research

Deleuze Studies

Derrida Today

Edinburgh Law Review


Holy Land Studies

Innes Review

International Research in Children’s Literature

Journal of British Cinema and Television

Journal of International Political Theory

Journal of Scottish Historical Studies

Journal of Scottish Philosophy

Journal of Victorian Culture

Oxford Literary Review


Psychoanalysis and History


Scottish Historical Review

Studies in World Christianity

Translation and Literature

Word Structure

Rody MacLeod
ticTOCs Manarement Support

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More journal titles added to ticTOCs during January 2009

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 14, 2009

As well as 61 journal TOCs from MedKnow, 82 Open Access journals from Libertas Academics,
journals from Palgrave, plus former Haworth titles, the following journal titles, from Longwoods Publishing, Living Reviews, IM Publications and more, have been added to ticTOCs during January:

Journal of Information Literacy
Disease Models and Mechanisms
European Journal of Mass Spectrometry

Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy
NIR news
Journal of Maps
Living Reviews in European Governance
Living Reviews in Landscape Research
Living Reviews in Relativity
Living Reviews in Solar Physics
Healthcare Policy / Politiques de Santé
Healthcare Quarterly
Nursing Leadership
World Health & Population

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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ticTOCs adds 61 Journal TOCs from MedKnow

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 12, 2009

Tables of contents (TOCs) from the following 61 journals from MedKnow Publishers have been added to ticTOCs, the Journal Tables of Contents Service. 

African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia

Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology

Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics

Asian Journal of Transfusion Science


Hepatitis B Annual

IETE Journal of Research

IETE Technical Review

Indian Journal Medical Sciences

Indian Journal of Cancer

Indian Journal of Community Medicine

Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine

Indian Journal of Dental Research

Indian Journal of Dermatology

Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology (IJMM)

Indian Journal of Nephrology (IJN)

Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine

Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

Indian Journal of Orthopaedics

Indian Journal of Palliative Care

Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology

Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Indian Journal of Pharmacology

Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery

Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine

Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging

Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

Indian Journal of Urology

International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries

International Journal of Green Pharmacy

International Journal of Shoulder Surgery

International Journal of Yoga

Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics (JCRT)

Journal of Carcinogenesis

Journal of Conservative Dentistry

Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

Journal of Cytology

Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock

Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences (JHRS)

Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons

Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society

Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry

Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

Journal of Medical Physics

Journal of Minimal Access Surgery (JMAS)

Journal of Oral and Maxillo Facial Pathology

Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences

Journal of Postgraduate Medicine

Medical Law Cases for Doctors

Mens Sana Monographs

Neurology India

Noise and Health

Oman Journal of Ophthalmology

PVRI Review

Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

The Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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82 Open Access journal TOCs from Libertas Academica now included in to ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 9, 2009

Tables of contents (TOCs) from the following 82 Open Access peer reviewed journals from Libertas Academica have been added to ticTOCs, the Journal Tables of Contents Service.  Journals from 425 publishers are now included in ticTOCs.

Air, Soil & Water Research

Analytical Chemistry Insights

Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics Insights

Biochemistry Insights

Bioinformatics and Biology Insights

Biomarker Insights

Biomedical Informatics Insights

Bone and Tissue Regeneration Insights

Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research

Cancer Growth and Metastasis

Cancer Informatics

Cell Biology Insights

Cell Communication Insights

Clinical Medicine: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Clinical Medicine: Blood Disorders

Clinical Medicine: Cardiology

Clinical Medicine: Case Reports

Clinical Medicine: Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine

Clinical Medicine: Dermatology

Clinical Medicine: Ear, Nose and Throat

Clinical Medicine: Gastroenterology

Clinical Medicine: Geriatrics

Clinical Medicine: Oncology

Clinical Medicine: Pathology

Clinical Medicine: Pediatrics

Clinical Medicine: Psychiatry

Clinical Medicine: Reproductive Health

Clinical Medicine: Therapeutics

Clinical Medicine: Trauma and Intensive Medicine

Clinical Medicine: Urology

Clinical Medicine: Women’s Health

Drug Target Insights

Environmental Health Insights

Evolutionary Bioinformatics

Gastrointestinal Cancer Insights

Gene Expression to Genetical Genomics

Gene Regulation and Systems Biology

Genomics Insights

Health Services Insights

Healthy Aging and Clinical Care in the Elderly
Human Parasitic Diseases

Immunology and Immunogenetic Insights

Immunotherapy Insights

Infectious Diseases: Research and Treatment

Integrative Medicine Insights

International Journal of Cell Division

International Journal of Insect Science

International Journal of Pain

International Journal of Tryptophan Research

Journal of Brain Disease

Journal of Cell Death

Journal of Experimental Neuroscience

Lipid Insights

Lymphoma and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemias

Magnetic Resonance Insights

Medical Equipment Insights

Microbiology Insights

Musculoskeletal and Spinal Diseases

Nutrition and Metabolic Insights

Open Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Open Journal of Dentistry Insights

Open Journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Open Journal of Multidisciplinary Modelling

Open Journal of Pelvic Surgery

Ophthalmology and Eye Diseases

Organic Chemistry Insights

Palliative Care: Research and Treatment

Particle Physics Insights

Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry

Phenotype and Gene Expression

Primary Prevention Insights

Proteomics Insights

Rehabilitation Process and Outcome

Reproductive Biology Insights

Retrovirology: Research and Treatment

Signal Transduction Insights

Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment

Theoretical Biology Insights

Tobacco Use Insights

Translational Oncogenomics
Tumor Viruses

Virology: Research and Treatment

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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Palgrave journals now included in ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 7, 2009

Tables of Contents (TOCs) for the journals listed below published by Palgrave are now included in ticTOCs the Journal Tables of Contents Service. 

Acta Politica

Asian Business & Management

British Politics
Comparative Economic Studies

Comparative European Politics

Contemporary Political Theory

Corporate Reputation Review

Crime Prevention and Community Safety


Eastern Economic Journal

Economic & Labour Market Review

European Journal of Information Systems

European Management Review

European Political Science

Feminist Review

French Politics

Higher Education Policy

IMF Staff Papers

Information Visualization

International Journal of Disclosure and Governance

International Journal of Educational Advancement

Journal of Asset Management

Journal of Banking Regulation

Journal of Brand Management

Journal of Building Appraisal

Journal of Commercial Biotechnology

Journal of Database Marketing & Customer Strategy Management

Journal of Derivatives & Hedge Funds

Journal of Digital Asset Management

Journal of Direct Data and Digital Marketing Practice

Journal of Financial Services Marketing

Journal of Generic Medicines

Journal of Information Technology

Journal of International Relations and Development

Journal of Medical Marketing

Journal of Public Health Policy

Journal of Retail & Leisure Property

Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management

Journal of Simulation

Journal of Targeting Measurement and Analysis for Marketing

Journal of the Operational Research Society

Knowledge Management Research & Practice

Latino Studies

Maritime Economics & Logistics

Organization Management Journal

Pensions An International Journal

Place Branding and Public Diplomacy


Psychoanalysis Culture & Society

Risk Management

Security Journal

Social Theory & Health


The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice

The Geneva Risk and Insurance Review

Tourism and Hospitality Research

Urban Design International

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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Former Haworth Press journals now included in ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on January 6, 2009

Tables of Contents (TOCs) for the following journal titles formerly published by Haworth Press (and now available at informaworld) are now included in ticTOCs :

Activities Adaptation & Aging
Administration in Social Work
Adoption Quarterly
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
American Journal of Pastoral Counseling
American Journal of Sexuality Education
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Child & Family Behavior Therapy
Child & Youth Services
Clinical Gerontologist
Collection Management
College & Undergraduate Libraries
Community & Junior College Libraries
Computers in the Schools
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Health Marketing Quarterly
Home Health Care Services Quarterly
International Journal of Fruit Science
International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration
International Journal of Sexual Health
International Journal of Transgenderism
International Journal of Vegetable Science
Internet Reference Services Quarterly
Journal of Access Services
Journal of Addictive Diseases
Journal of African Business
Journal of Aggression Maltreatment & Trauma
Journal of Aging & Social Policy
Journal of Agricultural & Food Information
Journal of Agromedicine
Journal of Applied Aquaculture
Journal of Applied School Psychology
Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology
Journal of Archival Organization
Journal of Asia-Pacific Business
Journal of Bisexuality
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship
Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing
Journal of Cancer Pain & Symptom Palliation
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse
Journal of Child Custody
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy
Journal of Community Practice
Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Journal of Convention & Event Tourism
Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health
Journal of Crop Improvement
Journal of Culinary Science & Technology
Journal of Divorce & Remarriage
Journal of Dual Diagnosis
Journal of E-Government
Journal of East-West Business
Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect
Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries
Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship
Journal of Emotional Abuse
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Journal of Euromarketing
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Journal of Family Social Work
Journal of Feminist Family Therapy
Journal of Food Products Marketing
Journal of Foodservice Business Research
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services
Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Journal of GLBT Family Studies
Journal of Global Marketing
Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery
Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy
Journal of Herbs Spices & Medicinal Plants
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services
Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth
Journal of Homosexuality
Journal of Hospital Librarianship
Journal of Hospital Marketing & Public Relations
Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management
Journal of Housing for the Elderly
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
Journal of Industrial Hemp
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
Journal of Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve
Journal of International Consumer Marketing
Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing
Journal of Internet Commerce
Journal of Lesbian Studies
Journal of LGBT Health Research
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Journal of Library Administration
Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
Journal of Marketing Channels
Journal of Marketing for HIGHER EDUCATION
Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain
Journal of Natural Fibers
Journal of Neuropathic Pain & Symptom Palliation
Journal of Neurotherapy
Journal of New Seeds
Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing
Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance Economics & Policy
Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations
Journal of Policy Practice
Journal of Political Marketing
Journal of Poverty
Journal of Prevention & Intervention Community
Journal of Progressive Human Services
Journal of Promotion Management
Journal of Psychological Trauma
Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism
Journal of Relationship Marketing
Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought
Journal of Religion Disability & Health
Journal of Religion Spirituality & Aging
Journal of Religious & Theological Information
Journal of School Choice
Journal of School Violence
Journal of Security Education
Journal of Social Service Research
Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health
Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
Journal of Sustainable Forestry
Journal of Teaching in International Business
Journal of Teaching in Social Work
Journal of Teaching in the Addictions
Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism
Journal of Technology in Human Services
Journal of Transnational Management
Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Journal of Trauma Practice
Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing
Journal of Vegetable Science 
Journal of Web Librarianship
Journal of Whiplash & Related Disorders
Journal of Women & Aging
Journal of Women Politics & Policy
Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health
Latin American Business Review
Legal Reference Services Quarterly
Library & Archival Security
Marriage & Family Review
Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Music Reference Services Quarterly
Occupational Therapy in Health Care
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Psychoanalytic Social Work
Public Library Quarterly
Public Services Quarterly
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth
Resource Sharing & Information Networks
Science & Technology Libraries
Services Marketing Quarterly
Slavic & East European Information Resources
Smith College Studies in Social Work
Social Work in Health Care
Social Work in Mental Health
Social Work With Groups
Technical Services Quarterly
The Clinical Supervisor
The Reference Librarian
The Serials Librarian
Women & Criminal Justice
Women & Health
Women & Therapy

ticTOCs now includes 11,656 scholarly journal Table of Contents (TOCs) from 421 publishers.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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