Martha M Loesch, an Assistant Professor and a Catalogue Librarian at the Seton Hall University, rates and describes the advantages of JournalTOCs in an article published in the latest issue of the “Technical Services Quarterly” journal. It is very encouraging that the article highlights the value of the alerting feature of JournalTOCs in keeping one up-to-date with the latest research. However, what it is also important is to receive first-hand feedback on our service from an author who is both an academic researcher and a professional librarian.
JournalTOCs has taken notice of Loesch’s suggestions about its website. There are several improvements that can quickly be implemented, such as, for example, providing the convenience of clicking on the letter of the first word of a publisher’s name on in the Browse by Publisher web pages, rather than producing overly long lists of publishers, as at present.
Loesch also suggests that “the results from an article keyword search in JournalTOCs are currently just titles which may lack meaning without the complete citation, or at least the name of the journal for context.” We will therefore add the journal title for context, in such keyword search results, and full citation if it’s available in the metadata provided by the publishers via their journal TOC RSS feeds.
For those who register (free) with JournalTOCs, it is possible to save article keyword searches, and have them delivered as email alerts, when new content is added. This can be a very effective way of keeping up-to-date with new articles on specific subjects.
In general, a rate of 3.5 out of 5 is quite a good ranking for a service such as JournalTOCs which is being operated with a minimum of resources and a budget that is well below that of the commercial search database providers or library management systems.