I’ve been adding Open Access (OA) journals to JournalTOCs, the largest free collection of scholarly journals Tables of Contents (TOCs) for a few months now, and the total of OA journals in it now exceeds 2,000!
There would be far more if only all of the publishers of Open Access journals would provide RSS TOC feeds for their new issues. A lot of time is spent investigating new OA titles, only to find that there is no feed.
Nearly all commercial publishers of journals provide RSS TOC feeds, because they realise that these feeds are an excellent way to market their content. Nature’s current issue table of contents has over 8,000 subscribers via Google Reader alone. That means that several thousand people are alerted to the contents of each issue of Nature via that RSS feed. Over 23,000 people subscribe to the New Scientist – Online News RSS feed via Reader. Over 600 people subscribe to The American Economic Review RSS TOC feed via Reader; the Nano Letters TOC feed has nearly 1,200, there are over 12,000 for the Physics Today TOC feed and 1,400 to the Advanced Materials TOC feed. And Google Reader is only one way to read feeds!
It is time for all publishers of Open Access journals to realise the many benefits of providing RSS Table of Contents feeds. See my post on why they should. See also why any journal, OA or otherwise, should produce a TOC RSS feed.