JournalTOCs is really starting to gather steam. Not only is it the largest, freely available, searchable and browsable collection of scholarly journals Tables of Contents (TOCs), but its data is also now being used by libraries to help researchers and students view the latest articles from thousands of scholarly journals within library interfaces.
The clever people at Aalborg University have done some clever things with the TOCs collected by JournalTOCs.
As they explain here, “At Aalborg University Library we’ve created a mash-up using JournalTOCs, a home grown web service, and some Primo UI modifications which provide the user with a new tab (using EXL Tab API) presenting the latest articles for a given journal with the opportunity to share TOCs and articles and subscribe to the TOCs via RSS (using e.g.: Google Reader, MS Outlook, smart phone etc.). To be able to provide the “appropriate copy” to the end user the feeds from JournalTOCs are parsed and rewritten to include OpenURL, links to remote access proxies as well as DOI links.”
If you’d like to see this actually working, go to this Aalborg search page and try a search for “library hi tech”. In the results, click on “Seneste artikler” (Danish page) or “Recent articles” (English page) and you should see the most recent table of contents for this journal, with the JournalTOCs logo and link at the bottom of the page. The TOC has been retrieved from JournalTOCs and displayed within the Aalborg interface. Neat!
If you don’t know much about APIs, but would like the same thing to happen to your own library OPAC / Catalogue /Discovery service, ask for a free trial of the JournalTOCs customisation service, via firstname.lastname@example.org