If you’re a librarian in a research or academic library, then you know how important it is for your researchers to find, and be alerted to, the very latest articles being published on topics of interest to them. The most recent papers can often be the most vital. So, do you expect your researchers to do it all themselves? Or maybe your library or resource centre is considering subscribing to a scholarly article current awareness service?
Of course, there are various free current awareness services available, and I’ve written about many of them here*. And JournalTOCs happens to be the biggest, free service of them all, with the very latest articles from over 23,000 scholarly journals from ALL the big publishers and many of the smaller ones (over 2,000 different publishers in total).
BUT what if your library wants to go the extra mile, and provide a better, customisable service? For a start:
- one which knows which journals you subscribe to;
- one which lets you brand the service so that your researchers know that your library is behind it – so that you get the credit you deserve;
- one which lets you to monitor how your researchers are using it by themselves, and get usage reports, etc;
- one which lets all your researchers see titles popular at your institution;
- one with enhanced search and browse features (search within subscribed journals, etc);
- one which allows exporting to a variety of bibliographic management systems;
- and possibly just as important – a service which in addition to everything else allows you to create alerts and do the personalisation for those researchers you know won’t want to do it themselves.
All of this is possible, and at a price that your library can afford.
The service in question is the institutional version of JournalTOCs – called JournalTOCs Premium. I could try to describe it here, in writing, but it would take me forever to explain all of its really good features. So, instead, I’ve put together a short video.
The video gives you a backroom picture of how you, the librarian, can empower your researchers to find, and be alerted to, the very latest scholarly papers being published, as soon as they become available online, with links through to the full-text of everything (Open Access and your subscribed content) that’s available, via the Web and via email. It also shows how you set things up yourself for those researchers who don’t want, or who don’t have the time, to do it themselves. The busiest researchers are often the best potential researchers, but they’ll miss things without your help.
A free trial of JournalTOCs Premium is available.
* That post, Where to find new scholarly research papers: 30 key, free websites gets thousands of hits, even though it was written some time ago. Why? Because so many people are looking for help in finding new scholarly papers, and they need your help.