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Brepols Journals plus updated FAQ pages

Posted by jo555 on April 30, 2009

27 titles from Brepols Publishers have been added to the ticTOCs database and we have updated our links for  Royal Society Journals after they switched to their new HighWire Press site

Some general maintenance work on the ticTOCs site has been done, particularly with the FAQ pages.

We have;

Updated:

Q. Why should I register with ticTOCs?

Q. Who funds ticTOCs?

Q. How can I export TOC feeds into another feed reader?

Q. My institution doesn’t subscribe to RefWorks. How can I turn off the RefWorks links?

And

Added:

Q. Do you provide APIs?

Q. How does ticTOCs compare to Zetoc?

Q. How can I access full-text journals off-campus?

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Good press for ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 28, 2009

It’s always nice when the service you’ve been working on is mentioned in the press, and even better when the mention is favourable.

ResourceShelf, a highly respected daily newsletter, recently described ticTOCs as both ‘wonderful’ and ‘awesome’.

ticTOCs is also featured in the latest issue of Information World Review, and also in last week’s Blogspeak from Knowledgespeak. 

It’s also good to see that another library, this time the University Library at Jönköping University,  is integrating ticTOCs data with it’s catalogue. Wageningen Digital Library has previously done similar.

Elsewhere, FeedForward has been using ticTOCS data in jopml.

The News from ticTOCS blog was one of the WordPress Blogs of the Day on 24th April.

When it comes to marketing and promotion, I like balance, though, as I have previously mentioned in this blog.  ticTOCs still lacks a proper alerting capability, although last week I manually sent out a reminder recently to about 2,900 recent registrants.  It’s also not possible to search across all ticTOCs content, though at Heriot-Watt we’re working on this.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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Links to ELAG 2009 Conference paper and presentation

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 23, 2009

The presentation slides and conference paper for Lisa Rogers paper “Transforming Current Awareness through RSS: How two projects (ticTOCs and Gold Dust) are using RSS to improve the information landscape for the 21st century researcher”, European Library Automation Group Conference (ELAG 09), are available.

The slides are also available on slideshare.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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ticTOCS paper at ELAG 2009 Conference

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 16, 2009

A paper about ticTOCS will be presented at the ELAG 2009 Conference, Bratislava, on Wednesday 22nd April, by Lisa Rogers, ICBL, Heriot-Watt University.

The title of the paper is: Transforming current awareness through RSS: How two projects (ticTOCs and Gold Dust) are using RSS to improve the information landscape for the 21st century researcher, by Lisa Rogers, Simon Hodson and Roddy MacLeod

Abstract:

This paper looks at the current situation with respect to RSS and then reports upon the findings of the ticTOCs and Gold Dust projects.  We will look at the lessons learnt from developing the ticTOCs service, and also report on two iterations of the Gold Dust development and use cycles.  We will deliver an appraisal of the effectiveness of the raft of techniques being employed by Gold Dust.  How effective are current data mining and pattern matching techniques for such an application?  How useful is RSS metadata in this context? These findings will be of considerable pertinence both for future services which may use RSS Feeds, and for future research and development in the area of adaptive personalisation using RSS.

The ELAG (European Library Automation Group) Conference is Europe’s premier conference for library and information management technology.  A full programme is available.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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Top 100 journals in ticTOCs tables of contents service

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 8, 2009

Some pretty interesting statistics, taken from ticTOCs the journal tables of contents (TOCs) service, are available below. 

There are two lists.  The first one shows the ‘top 100 journals’ according to popularity of titles added by users of the ticTOCs service to their MyTOCs (explanation – those who have registered with ticTOCs (which is free) can save selected TOCs to a MyTOCs section so that the next time they visit they can see new TOC content, and thereby keep up-to-date with the literature on a regular basis).  Over 3,000 people have registered with ticTOCs since it was launched in December 2008, and so the list below is a snapshot of the most popular journal titles selected by those registrants. The figures show how many people have saved each journal title to their MyTOCs.

What is immediately obvious from looking at the first list is the fact that ticTOCs is being widely used by library and information professionals, but not yet by researchers in other disciplines.  Librarians seem to understand ticTOCs very quickly, and to get the message of how useful the service is if you want to keep up-to-date with scholarly literature.  But, I wonder, when are researchers in other disciplines going to catch on? 

ticTOCs has had a wonderful reception from the LIS community.  Now, we hope hope that the word will spread to the rest of the scholarly community. 

Library & Information Science Research

183

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

157

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

153

Library Review

147

Library Management

141

The Library Quarterly

132

New Library World

119

The International Information & Library Review

108

Library Hi Tech

106

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services

105

Journal of Information Science

97

The Electronic Library

97

The Library – current issue

96

Online Information Review

83

Ariadne Magazine

82

Library Hi Tech News

79

International Journal of Information Management

78

Aslib Proceedings

76

Reference Services Review

74

Nature

72

IFLA Journal

71

Journal of the American Society for Information Science

70

Information Retrieval

68

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances

67

Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems

65

Health Information and Libraries Journal

64

Science

61

Library History

59

Education for Information

53

Collection Building

51

Serials Review

50

Journal of Documentation

50

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community

49

Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

49

Reference Reviews

49

Journal of Web Librarianship

47

Information Design Journal

45

SIMILE: Studies In Media & Information Literacy Education

45

Journal of Library Administration

44

OCLC Systems & Services

44

Journal of Library Metadata

44

Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning

43

Information Processing & Management

43

Ethics and Information Technology

42

Information Development

40

Archives and Museum Informatics

38

Interlending & Document Supply

36

Information Management & Computer Security

35

International Journal on Digital Libraries

33

Biomedical Digital Libraries

33

Journal of Information Ethics

33

Performance Measurement and Metrics

32

New England Journal of Medicine

32

Journal of Classification

32

Active Learning in Higher Education

31

Archival Science

31

New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship

31

The Lancet

30

Journal of the Society of Archivists

30

Scientific and Technical Information Processing

30

Records & Information Management Report

30

JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association

29

Legal Information Management

28

The Indexer

26

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

25

Information, Knowledge, Systems Management

24

ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology

24

International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics

24

BMJ

24

Information Sciences

22

The Internet and Higher Education

22

Huntington Library Quarterly

22

Journal of Knowledge Management

22

Journal of Information Literacy

21

Notes and Queries – current issue

21

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

20

The Reference Librarian

20

Journal of the American Chemical Society

19

Higher Education Quarterly

19

Journal of Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

19

Communications in Information Literacy

19

Higher Education

18

Information Technology in Hospitality

18

Knowledge and Information Systems

17

New Directions for Higher Education

17

Interactive Learning Environments

16

Journal of Advanced Nursing

16

South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

15

E-Learning

15

New Scientist

15

Higher Education Research & Development

15

American Journal of Education

15

Current Anthropology

15

Ciência da Informação

15

Annual Review of Anthropology

15

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

15

Ecology

15

Public Library Quarterly

15

The Information Society: An International Journal

14

Art History

14

 

The second list, below, shows the top 100 most viewed journals by those who have registered with ticTOCs.

Ariadne Magazine

Science

Nature

Library & Information Science Research

Library Hi Tech

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

American Economic Review

Library Review

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

Economics of Education Review

ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology

Aslib Proceedings

Online Information Review

Targeted Oncology

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

The Library Quarterly

Library Management

New Library World

Journal of Information Science

The Electronic Library

Active Learning in Higher Education

IFLA Journal

Annals of the ICRP

Collection Building

The Library – current issue

Library Hi Tech News

Information Retrieval

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical S…

Oxford Review of Education

International Journal of Information Management

Performance Measurement and Metrics

Education for Information

Journal of the American Society for Information Sc…

Reference Services Review

D-Lib Magazine

Serials Review

Journal of Information Literacy

Energy

Information Sciences

The International Information & Library Review

Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

BMJ

Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Archival Science

Art History

E-Learning

Journal of Documentation

Zeitschrift fur Germanistik

Cancer Letters

Journal of Library Administration

Progress in Aerospace Sciences

Oncology

Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Man…

Journal of Marketing

Journal of Knowledge Management

4OR: A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research

Contemporary Educational Psychology

World Wide Web

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Autism

Acta Materialia

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

Social Service Review

Journal of Web Librarianship

Acta Biomaterialia

Journal of the Society of Archivists

SIMILE: Studies In Media & Information Literacy Ed…

Reference Reviews

International Journal on Digital Libraries

AIAA Journal

British Journal of Educational Technology

Health Information and Libraries Journal

Program: Electronic Library and Information System…

Design Studies

Aerospace Science and Technology

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Healt…

Legal Information Management

New England Journal of Medicine

Physics of Fluids

American Journal of Psychiatry

Biomedical Digital Libraries

He@lth Information on the Internet

Notes and Queries – current issue

JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Associati…

Journal of Classification

Advances in Food and Nutrition Research

Annual Review of Anthropology

International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marke…

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engin…

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Archives and Museum Informatics

Tobacco Use Insights

European Journal of International Relations

Thorax

Library History

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community

Lab on a Chip

Higher Education Quarterly

Supervision Magazine

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

 

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University Library

 

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In-depth independent review of ticTOCs by Peter Jacso

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 2, 2009

In the April issue of the Péter’s Digital Reference Shelf section of Reference Reviews, Péter Jacso has written a detailed review of the ticTOCs service.  This is an in-depth review, which I invite you to read.  It looks at both the good points of the ticTOCS service, and some limitations.

The following is an extract:

“ticTOCS is a splendid, state of the art version of the traditional current awareness services from RSS feeds of the Table of Contents pages of more than 14,400 scholarly journals. It takes the pain out of learning about the content of the most recent and even upcoming issues of journals. It has some lacuna in journal coverage in spite of its wide scope, and a few software shortcomings. Even in its infancy, this service helps greatly in centralizing, personalizing and filtering the flood of information. It saves a lot of time, and offers a lot of gratification to researchers free.”

Roddy MacLeod

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ticTOCs and Zetoc RSS – what are the differences?

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 17, 2009

Some people have asked what are the differences between ticTOCs and Zetoc RSS?  I’ll try to explain, but this may involve a fair amount of detail.

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.

1. Background

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.

2. Availability

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.

3. Numbers

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.

4. Contents

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.

5. Searching

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.

6. Abstracts

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!

Zetoc Alert provides email alerting.
8. Exporting feeds

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.

10. Display

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.

13.  Access to full text

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.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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ticTOCs service is restored

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 16, 2009

Please be advised that all problems with the ticTOCs service due to hardware problems at Mimas have now been resolved.

We do apologise for the interruption to the service and for the inconvenience experienced by our users at the time. Thank you for your patience.

Roddy MacLeod

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ticTOCS service still unavailable

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 11, 2009

Mimas have apologised for service interruption to all Mimas services with the exception of ESDS, Census, Intute, UKPMC. This has been caused by a recurrence of the disc problems they encountered on Monday. The current status is that the recovery will take quite some time and services are expected to be unavailable for the rest of today.

Roddy MacLeod

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ticTOCS service temporarily unavailable

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 10, 2009

Mimas, where the ticTOCs server is housed, is having hardware problems at the moment. A number of services, including ticTOCs, are unfortunately still down.

We are hoping that ticTOCs will be back as soon as possible. Apologies again for any inconvenience caused.

Roddy MacLeod

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