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Mon, Jul 13, 2009

Stay updated on recent journal articles using ticTOC and jOMPL.org

As folks who have followed my coding experiments know, I’ve been interested for some time in tools to help busy “pracademics” stay in touch with new developments in their fields. The UK-based ticTOC project and the related jOPML tool provide a powerful way to track recently published articles in the key journals in your field.

The ticTOC project was developed using funds from JISC, a higher education technology consortium in the U.K., and it is provided free of charge. If you want to save a list of favorite journals on the site you need to create an account, but it is not required in order to use the service. The online tool provides a three-pane interface that lets you do the following core tasks.

* Find journal Table of Contents (TOCs) for more than 12,500 scholarly journals by subject, title or publisher.
* View the latest TOC for each journal.
* Link to the full text of articles (where institutional or personal subscription allows).
* Export article citations to RefWorks (subscription required)
* Select and save key journals to view future TOCs.
* Export TOC news feeds to popular feedreaders to monitor on your own

The jOPML.org service developed by Scott Wilson uses the ticTOC database to provide a quick access way to search and then export a collection of journal TOCs news feeds as an OPML file for import into Google Reader, Bloglines, Newsgator or other popular feed readers. An OPML file is a pre-packaged list of feeds. Subscribing to all the feeds in an OPML is as simple as importing the OPML file. ticTOC provides OPML export services as well (see lower right corner of the interface) based on your saved favorites. Sometimes the ticTOC tool seems slow to respond to user clicks (for instance when expanding a TOC to view article abstracts), but overall the platform seems stable and works well.

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Note: People interested in in TOC services may also want to check out the services provided by CiteULike, a bibliographic tool I have been using for years.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 07 13 | Filed under Research Tools  

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