ticTOCs and Zetoc RSS – what are the differences?
Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 17, 2009
Before describing some of the similarities and differences betwen ticTOCs and Zetoc RSS, I should explain that those who are involved in maintaining Zetoc have also played a role in the ticTOCs project, and the Heriot-Watt contingent of the ticTOCs project is continuing to work with Zetoc and the Discovery to Delivery at Edina and Mimas (D2D@E&M) project to share information and data.
ticTOCs was developed by a 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. The project was funded by JISC through the U&I Programme.
Zetoc RSS is one part of the Zetoc service. Zetoc provides access to the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents of journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The Zetoc database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service, with relevant new articles and papers. The BL provides Mimas with the data for the Zetoc service, to which Mimas add Biomed Central (open access) content. For more details about the background to Zetoc, see the About Zetoc page.
ticTOCs is freely available to anyone, anywhere.
Zetoc RSS is free to use for members of JISC-sponsored UK higher and further education institutions and research councils. It is also available to all of NHS England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A number of other institutions are eligible to subscribe to Zetoc.
There are 27,209 journals in Zetoc RSS and 12,387 journals in ticTOCs. Many journals are in both, roughly 2,300 are in ticTOCs only, and 17,400 in Zetoc only.
ticTOCs contains the latest TOCs for ejournals where publishers have made RSS feeds of TOCs available.
Zetoc RSS contains TOCs that have been rekeyed from around 17,000 print journals.
You can search ticTOCs for journals by title, publisher or subject and then view them in the ticTOCs site. As yet, you cannot search across the contents of ticTOCs.
You can search Zetoc RSS for journals by journal name or by words or phrases in journal titles. You can also browse Zetoc RSS for journals by subject category. Zetoc Search includes content back to 1993 which can be searched, and you can request email alerts based on keyword/phrase and/or author via Zetoc Alert.
About half of the TOCs in ticTOCs contain abstracts.
No TOCs in Zetoc RSS contain abstracts apart from the Biomed Central content.
7. Current awareness
ticTOCs can be used as a standalone current awareness service by registering (free), then saving selected journal titles to ‘MyTOCs’, and when you revisit the site new content (i.e. new TOCs) will be indicated in your MyTOCs in bold. Over 2,800 people have so far registered to use ticTOCs in this way. Unfortunately, alerts are not yet in place, so you need to remember to return to the ticTOCs website!
You can use ticTOCs to get the RSS feed for single journal TOCs (search for TOCs, display a TOC and click on Export feed to…), or collected TOCs (add some TOCs to MyTOCs and then Export selected) for use in other feedreaders.
Zetoc RSS enables you to subscribe to feeds for individual journals through feedreaders.
9. Feed origins
The RSS feeds from ticTOCs that you can export to other feedreaders are the feeds as provided by publishers. Publishers sometimes structure their TOC RSS feeds in different ways.
The RSS feeds from Zetoc RSS that you can export to other feedreaders are feeds from Zetoc and are identically structured.
When you view a TOC in ticTOCs, the display has been ‘normalised’ to make it appear in a more standard way. If you export a feed from ticTOCs and use it in another feedreader, because the feed will then come directly from the publisher, it will not be normalised and the display may not be consistent with feeds for TOCs from other publishers. If the publisher changes that feed, it may even disappear.
All Zetoc RSS feeds are displayed in the same way.
12. Bibliographic management
When viewing TOCs in ticTOCs, you can export citations to RefWorks (if you have a RefWorks account), by clicking on the RefWorks icon.
Zetoc Search supports export. You can save your hit list, or tag select records from your hit list as a text file by using the ‘download’ button at the top of the screen. You can usually import this text file into a local database, such as EndNote or Reference Manager, but you will need to have the correct import filter for this. Some software includes a filter for Zetoc, and some filters are available to download from the Z39.50 access pages on Zetoc. Some bibliographic software allows you to make a connection to Zetoc and directly import your results. See the Z39.50 access pages for further information.
You will be able to access articles via ticTOCs if they are Open Access, or if you are entitled to IP authenticated access to that content or if you have appropriate passwords. ticTOCs doesn’t support OpenURL resolver software. Access for an institution’s off-campus users can be achieved if that institution has EZproxy or WAM. ticTOCs does not yet offer OpenURL links but for feeds that include DOIs in their TOCs you could either configure a LibX toolbar for your institution that will turn DOIs into OpenURLs, or you may be able to redirect DOIs to your link resolver using a cookie (SFX can do this).
Zetoc RSS feeds include OpenURL-based ‘COinS’, which can be sent to any resolver software specified by the user. Zetoc Search supports OpenURL resolver software, enabling users to link from the Zetoc full record to the range of services defined by their institution.
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