The functionality to manage user’s email alerts, announced last month, has been expanded further. Now, super-users can view, remove and change Digest Alerts before the email alerts are sent to users. As you know, your users can choose the frequency that alerts will be sent, from three options:
- Daily Alerts,
- Weekly Digest and,
- Monthly Digest.
In the case of Digest Alerts, sometimes various alerts for the same journal have been recorded in the Digest Alert as articles become available during a period of time. This is prone to duplications. Or sometimes, the Digest Alert contains entries that may be irrelevant for the user (e.g. Announcements, Index of Authors, etc.) To deal with these cases, we have added the new Filtered & On Demand (Managed by the super-user) option to the Admin interface. This option gives you the opportunity to edit the content of the Digest Alert before it is emailed to the user. So you can remove duplicate and irrelevant items from the user’s alert or even insert your own announcements in the alert.
Once you have selected the “Filtered & On Demand (Managed by the super-user)” option, the system will make available for you the “Manage Alerts” link, from where you will be able to edit the content of the user’s alert.
We have added more information to Browse. Browsing By Subject now contains a new column with the number of subscribed journals that your institution has in each subject. Similarly Browsing by Publisher displays a new column with the number of journals you have subscribed per each publisher. For example try http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/index.php?action=browse&subAction=pub. This new column is only available when the user is logged in or when the user has been recognised within the IP range of your institution.
We have added a few more data to the CSV files that you can generate from your Admin interface. We have added to the file of User Accounts a column with the JournalTOCs unique ID for each user. Also, we have added the Access Right column to the file of Followed Journals, so you will be able to see whether the journal belongs to your holdings or not, plus an indication if the title is an OA journal. You could use this information to analyse how many journals outside your subscription are being followed by your users or to see which OA journals are the most popular among your users.
In addition to the allowance of 300 journals given to any user freely registered with JournalTOCs, we have increased the allowance for users who are members of a customised JournalTOCs service, so now your users can follow up to 600 journals.
And don’t forget that anyone can link directly to the TOC of any journal by just using the ISSN number of the journal. For example:
More information about JournalTOCs *Premium* – the cost-effective customisation service – is available at http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/customise.php