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ticTOCs Makes It Easy to Keep Up with STM Journal Content

Jan 01, 2009

What service allows you to select from thousands of STM journal titles and tick the ones you’re interested in, so you can receive from one source freely available tables of contents from your favorite journals? The answer is ticTOCs — Journal Tables of Contents Service, which provides TOCs from about half the currently published STM journals.

By providing access to the most recent TOCs of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers, including Elsevier, ticTOCs helps users stay current with the most recent issues of journals covering a wide range of subjects.

Using ticTOCs, you can:

  • Find journals of interest by title, subject or publisher,
  • View the latest TOCs,
  • Link through (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or open access, allow) to the fulltext of over 250,000 articles, and
  • Save selected journals to MyTOCs so you can view future TOCs.

The ticTOCs service aggregates TOC RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds produced by journal publishers. The content of the TOCs displayed within ticTOCs depends on the information contained in the publishers’ RSS feeds. RSS feeds exported via ticTOCs are the publishers’ own feeds. Using ticTOCs, you can export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular readers such as Google Reader and Bloglines, and import article citations into RefWorks (where institutional or personal subscriptions allow).

ticTOCs' links to articles are to the fulltext or landing pages on publishers’ websites. Besides Elsevier journals, ticTOCs' content covers journals from Cambridge University Press, Emerald, IEEE, John Wiley and Sons, Inderscience Publishers, Informa (Taylor and Francis), Institute of Physics, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Sage Publications, Springer-Verlag, Wolters Kluwer and over 400 other publishers.

The JISC Users & Innovations Programme has funded ticTOCs. The service has been developed by an international consortium, headed by the University of Liverpool Library and also including CrossRef, Cranfield University, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Emerald, Heriot-Watt University, Inderscience Publishers, Institute of Physics, Intute, MIMAS, Open J-Gate, ProQuest, RefWorks and SAGE Publishers.