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News, Scholarly Communications, Journals: Keep up to date with ticTOCS

Scientists, clinicians and students who need to read continually in their specialty fields to stay current frequently express frustration over the amount of time and efforts needed to keep up each month.

Our collection management librarian at UCHC recently told me about this great site:  ticTOCs where one can… “ find 12,415 scholarly journal Table of Contents (TOCs) from 436 publishers “.

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ticTOCs is a journal-alerting, table of contents service based in the UK.  This service is free; registration with the site is required to set up individual alerting preferences.

Following is an excerpt from the ticTOCS “About” page:

The ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents service makes it easy for academics, researchers, students and anyone else to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling them to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers. With ticTOCs, it only takes a tick or two to keep up to date.”

The ticTOCs Consortium consists of: the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute.”


Next, a screenshot of the link where one can register for the service, and then set preferences for receiving table of contents from individual journals:

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Today, I did a search for “hepatology” on ticTOCs; here is a photo of the results:

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Text and image credits: ticTocs – http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

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Wow! Can it get any easier to sign up to begin receiving table of contents-alerts from individual scientific publications?

Please give ticTOCs a try.  (And thanks to AD!)

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3 responses to “News, Scholarly Communications, Journals: Keep up to date with ticTOCS

  1. alisha764 April 29, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Tictocs is great for easily signing up for journals, but what if your doctors want to also sign up for news, medlineplus, or other websites RSS links? Then they would need a ticTocs account & a reader. With Tictocs you can export your subscription list and then import this into a reader.

    I tried this a while back, but it was during the time TicTocs was having issues. I could not get my feeds to import into Google Reader. Now this may have been due to the issues, but it was frustrating and I have not used TicTocs since. Have you used the export feature? What were your experiences?

    ~Alisha Miles

  2. Roddy MacLeod April 30, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Thank you for mentioning ticTOCs. I hope your readers find the service useful.

  3. creaky15 April 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    I was told that until about 6 months ago, ticTOCs was in “beta” so perhaps when you experienced these problems, it was during their experimental phase. Can you try it again (in May 2009) and see if it works OK?

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