Monday, 5th April 2010
JournalTOCS: A Free Table of Contents Service With Access to More Than 14,000 Titles
Some exciting news about a very useful Internet service that also happens to be free, JournalTOCs. First, just a small amount of background.
+ In August, 2007, we learned of a project from the UK and funded by JISC (for two years) named ticTOCs. It provided access to the tables of contents from thousands of scholarly journals. The cost? $0.
+ In December, 2008, ticTocs "officially launched" and provided access to over 11,000 tables of content from over 400 publishers. RSS and direct linking to some articles was also available. Five months later, noted reference reviewer, Peter Jacso. He called ticTOCs a "splendid state of the art version of a traditional current awareness service."
+ In December, 2009 the service changed it's named to JournalTOCs. It provided searchable access to over 12,000 journals from about 500 publishers. It also offers an API for developers.
So, that brings us to today and this blog post.
According to the story:
+ JournalTOCs is now, "the largest, free and searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) in the world."
+ The service currently contains TOC's from more that 14,000 journals from nearly 550 publications.
The current Tables of Contents containing over 360,000 articles can be searched. The 14,000 journal titles can also be searched or browsed (by subject or publisher). Click on a journal title and the latest Table of Contents will be displayed, with links to the full text (where institutional or personal subscriptions allow, or where the journal is available on Open Access).
Since March 2010, when we started the second phase of JournalTOCs Project, thanks to further funding received from JISC, more than 2,000 new journals from 150 publishers have been added to JournalTOCs collection.