The freely available JournalTOCs service is aimed at individual researchers, and enables them to keep up-to-date with the latest scholarly articles from over 22,400 journals (1,900+ publishers) through one single interface.
In addition, there is also a low-cost, JournalTOCs *Premium* service which is aimed at research, academic, commercial and institutional library and resource centres worldwide.
JournalTOCs *Premium* is an innovative e-journal Current Awareness Service. The customisation gives your users fast and easy access to the full-text of the most current papers published in the electronic journals to which your Library subscribes, plus many exciting premium functionalities. It is an easily managed Current Awareness Service which gives a library’s patrons personalised alerts, and much more!
A free trial is available to give you the chance to evaluate your customisation before making a financial commitment.
What are the main features of JournalTOCs *Premium*?
1. A Super-user Admin account
You have the option of managing current awareness options on behalf of your users, if they so wish (they can still do it themselves if they want). “Admin” users can manage (add, remove and update) all the user accounts and journal Table of Contents (TOC) alerts that have been registered with your customised service.
2. Browse and manage the journals in JournalTOCs *Premium* to which your institution has full-text access, from alphabetical lists.
You can add or remove journals, and create an Excel file with all your subscribed journals.
3. Four additional search options in the search interface
These enable your users to search:
- in the journals subscribed by your library/institution, or
- in Open Access journals, or
- in Open Access journals and your subscribed journals, or
- in the journals that a particular user is following
4. Full text availability indication
When your users view the TOC of a journal subscribed by your institution, the system will display the Full Text available for your members message besides the journal title.
This link will give full-text access via your institutional ezProxy server, your WAM service or your OpenURL resolver.
They will be able to browse, search and sort journals within a specific subject classification.
5. Alerts personalised to your institution
Email alerts sent to your users will include institutional URLs for full-text access (e.g. openURL, ezProxy or WAM URLs) for the journals for which your institution has full-text access. For non-subscribed journals, users are provided with the URL of the journal homepage so they can go directly to the publisher site and read the abstracts.
6. Customised JournalTOCs Homepage with a unique Look & Feel
Your customised homepage will include your institutional logo, a list of the most followed journals at your institution as well as direct links to the journals to which your institution has full-text subscriptions. It also includes the searches and the articles saved by the signed in user as well as her/his most recent alerts.
7. View the journals that are most followed by other users from your institution.
8. The following features are available to signed in JournalTOCs *Premium* members:
- Save articles from the search results
- Save your search queries from http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/savedSearches.php
- Save your preferred journals as “Followed Journals”
- Export of articles and journals in EndNote, RSS or OPML format files
- Receive TOC Email Alerts on new issues of followed journals
- Receive TOC Email Alerts on new issues of your saved search queries
- Create RSS feeds for your saved search queries
- When retrieving the details of the journal identified by its ISSN using the JournalTOCs API (e.g. http://firstname.lastname@example.org) you will get detailed information of the journal including the URL for the Journal TOC RSS feeds and its access rights (e.g. Open Access)
9. All the features available on the freely available JournalTOCs website are also included in the customisations.
And there are many more features. More complete information is available about the JournalTOCs *Premium* service.
It all adds up to a super e-journal Current Awareness Service which you can offer to your users. You can monitor everything that is happening, via the superuser account. The superuser can see how many journals are Followed by individual patrons, and whether alerts are on or off, etc. And you can also act on behalf of the patrons, for example to change the frequency of the alerts.
A growing number of libraries are using the JournalTOCs *Premium* service. Subscribers to JournalTOCS *Premium* include the European University Institute – see their EUI Library Blog, and the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in India.