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An OpenRefine service created with the JournalTOCs API

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Ted Lawless has developed an OpenRefine reconciliation service for academic journals that queries the JournalTOCs API and translates the response to the format that OpenRefine is expecting.

OpenRefine (ex-Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with big data, cleaning it, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and exploring large data sets with ease.

JournalTOC API is a RESTful web service that can provide access to the full dataset collected by the JournalTOCs Project since 2009. This dataset contains the metadata for over 22,000 journals and for more than two millions of articles published during that span of time.

Ted has used the RDF Refine extension for OpenRefine to link local data stored in VIVO as RDF with other sources on the Web. OpenRefine allowed him to query a reconciliation service to match local strings to entities from another source and the RDF Extension enabled him to export those entities as RDF.

Basically Ted wanted to interlink the metadata describing the work of university researchers with the venues in which their research is published. Because JournalTOCs is a good source of metadata about academic journals and articles, he used a demo reconciliation service developed by Michael Stephens as a model, and put together a basic reconciliation service for the JournalTOC data that queries the JournalTOC API and translates the response to the format that OpenRefine is expecting. This service can be run locally and OpenRefine will query it just fine. Ted has open sourced his code and it is available on Github and it looks like a good option for librarians and researchers working with similar data sets.

Developers can use the JournalTOCs API to embed JournalTOCs’ metadata and search functionality within their own web services. Anyone with access to RSS Readers can also benefit from the JournalTOCs API. Most of JournalTOCs API calls are free and only require a simple registration process. The API responses are returned in RSS 1.0 format, which then you can parse and use in your own web application, RSS reader or institutional web page. Further information on JournalTOCS API can be found here.

More Information on OpenRefine and JournalTOCs:

Written by santy

December 7th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Exporting Search Results to Reference Manager® (RefMan)

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From time to time, we receive questions about RefMan. For that reason, although Adept have no plans to release new versions of RefMan, we have prepared this small guide to help users needing to export search results from JournalTOCs to RefMan.

Let’s assume that your search query is:

Optical Coherence Tomography intravascular coronary imaging

  1. Sign in from http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/index.php?action=signIn
  2. If you are a Premium user, select the Articles Tab and enter your search query as shown below:
     

    Premium Users

  3. If you are a Free user, enter your search query and tick the for Articles by Keywords option, as shown below:
     

    Premium Users

  4. Hit Go to execute your search
  5. The results listing the articles found for your search will be displayed as shown below:
     

    Premium Users

  6. When you click on the title of an article, the system will display its full citation and you will be able
    to tick the checkbox near to its title to save it in your Articles to Export page, as shown in the following example:
     

    Premium Users

  7. Repeat the previous step for all the articles you want to export.
  8. Go to your Articles to Export page (http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/savedArticles.php) and click the Export to EndNote link to produce a compatible RIS file (EndNote®).
     

    Export to EndNote

  9. Follow the instructions at http://www.refman.com/support/faqs/import/faq3.asp to import the RIS file into your RefMan database.

Written by santy

November 5th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

The Most Followed Open Access (OA) Journals at JournalTOCs

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Overall Nature, Science and New England Journal of Medicine are the most followed journals at JournalTOCs (Top Journals). However, among the Open Access (OA) journals (which are carefully selected by JournalTOCs), D-Lib Magazine, the Journal of Information Literacy and, the Journal of Library & Information Science are the most followed OA journals. Below we list the top 100 most followed OA journals:

Journal Title Followers
D-Lib Magazine 510
Journal of Information Literacy 420
Journal of Library and Information Science 282
College and Research Libraries 265
Journal of Library Innovation 240
Journal of Digital Information 233
Library and Information Research 233
Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS) 232
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 232
PLoS ONE 229
Information Technology and Libraries 212
Future Internet 203
Ariadne Magazine 201
PLoS Biology 199
Communications in Information Literacy 197
Research in Learning Technology 192
Library Leadership & Management 175
Journal of eScience Librarianship 163
Code4Lib Journal 155
BMC Public Health 151
First Monday 151
BMC Bioinformatics 145
Journal of Electronic Publishing 144
International Journal of Digital Curation 139
BMC Genomics 136
BMC Molecular Biology 134
Information 133
BMC Biology 131
BMC Evolutionary Biology 127
Information Technologies & International Development 124
New Knowledge Environments 122
BMC Cell Biology 119
e-learning and education (eleed) 117
American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 116
International Journal of Legal Information 112
South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 102
InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information 95
PLoS Computational Biology 89
Journal of Health & Medical Informatics 67
International Journal of Library Science 40
Journal of the Medical Library Association 40
International Journal of Aerospace Engineering 37
Bulletin of Materials Science 35
PLoS Genetics 31
Practical Academic Librarianship : The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division 28
American Journal of Applied Sciences 27
Journal of Communications 25
American Journal of Space Science 25
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching 24
Comparative Law Review 24
Ecology and Evolution 24
Obstetrics and Gynecology International 23
DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology 23
Advances in Environmental Sciences – International Journal of the Bioflux Society 22
International Journal of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation 22
American Journal of Business and Management 22
American Journal of Analytical Chemistry 22
Computational Linguistics 21
Advances in Rehabilitation 21
European Journal of Chemistry 21
BMC Medical Education 20
Nucleic Acids Research 20
PLoS Medicine 20
Digital Humanities Quarterly 20
JIPITEC Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law 20
Advances in Human-Computer Interaction 18
Administrative Law Review 18
Sci-Tech News 18
Frontiers in Neuroscience 18
International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering 18
PLoS Pathogens 17
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 17
International Journal of Analytical Chemistry 17
Early Modern Culture Online 17
Perspectives in International Librarianship 17
Journal of Cloud Computing : Advances, Systems and Applications 17
Library Philosophy and Practice 17
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 16
Agricultural and Food Science 16
Anthropological Review 16
Advances in Acoustics and Vibration 16
Advances in Mechanical Engineering 16
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering 16
International Journal of Exercise Science 16
American Journal of Economics and Business Administration 16
Biodiversity: Research and Conservation 16
Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science 16
Ethnology : An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology 16
Physiotherapy 16
Analytical Chemistry Insights 15
Journal of Environmental and Public Health 15
Sustainability 15
Journal of Social Sciences 15
Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults 15
Journal of Anthropology 15
Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia and Critical Care 15
Advances in Analytical Chemistry 15
American Journal of Chemistry 15
Asian Journal of Earth Sciences 14
Advances in Civil Engineering 14

Written by santy

September 10th, 2013 at 11:40 am

The JournalTOCs big metadata

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Every day, we create approx 5 thousand new records; most of those records are metadata of journal articles published in the previous 24 hours. The following image represents the metadata that JournalTOCs has collected so far.

JournalTOCs Big Metadata

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The table illustrated at the left hand side is a sample of the data source for this big metadata. It represents the number of new articles per day found in the journal TOC RSS feeds in March 2013.

Roughly 70% of that metadata was gathered in the last two years alone since JournalTOCs was launched as a public service in May 2011. As today, this metadata represents data of 1,795 publishers, 10,200 Premium users from licensed institutions, 22,050 journals, over 100,000 tracked research interests collected from followed journals that are frequently visited by any user (free and Premium registrations) and near 8 million articles that were published in the last 5 years. This big metadata is more than a matter of size. It can be an opportunity to find insights in new and emerging types of research, to support or create library management systems, and to help to answer questions regarding research publications. JournalTOCs offers ways to harvest this opportunity. It uses web services and standard harvesting protocols to open the door to the possibilities given by this big metadata, including:

+ Harvesting the metadata of all the journals indexed by JournalTOCs, which includes title, ISSN numbers, access rights, subject classification, publisher, number of follower, last issue published date, the URL of the journal RSS feeds and the journal homepage

+ Harvesting the complete database of the metadata of 8 million articles, including all the content collected from their RSS feeds

+ Querying the metadata of specific journals by ISSN or keywords in the journal title

+ Searching for articles in the current issues or the backfile issues

Learn how JournalTOCs can bring this big metadata to you

Written by santy

May 31st, 2013 at 8:05 am

Awards for two services developed using JournalTOCs

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Recently two of our licensed institutional users have been awarded with a project grant and a prestigious award respectively, both of them involving the use of JournalTOCs Premium.

1. Award to develop an automated e-TOCs current awareness service at the NYMC

The Health Sciences Library of the New York Medical College (NYMC), in partnership with the Health Sciences Library System of the University of Pittsburgh, has been awarded a grant to develop an automated Electronic Table of Contents Current Awareness Service using RSS Feeds. The project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C.

Partial results of the project have been presented by Marie Ascher, the Associate Director of NYMC Library, in the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML), Boston, USA. ICML is the premier event in Health Sciences Information sponsored this year by JAMA, Elsevier, EBSCO and Wolters Kluwer, among other publishers of medical literature. Marie presented the poster “Development of an Automated Electronic Table of Contents Current Awareness Service Using RSS Feeds and the Library Blog” on Tuesday 7th May during the ICML Poster Session 4.

The objective of the NYMC project is to develop a fully automated e-TOCs current awareness service to replace the physical daily journals shelf. As at many other libraries, researchers used to visit the library regularly to browse the daily journal receipts. However, since print journal collection has shrunk drastically in favour of electronic journals, NYMC recognized the need for a new way to view the latest journal content and embraced the metaphor of the Virtual New Journals Shelf to develop a fully automated e-TOCs system that would push content from JournalTOCs to a “New Journal TOCs” webpage or a posting on the library’s blog.

We congratulate the Health Sciences Library and their creative use of JournalTOCs Premium.

Virtual New Journals Shelf

2. IFLA Award to the best library marketing project (5th place) to the VSSC

A Commendable Work award was given to the Indian Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) for the project “Inspiring Library Patrons“. VSSC bagged 5th position of the prestigious IFLA International Marketing Award for 2013. The winners will be announced officially at the IFLA press conference at Singapore in August 2013. Eileen Breen, Senior Publisher at Emerald, which was the sponsor of the award in this year, commented: This year’s winners of the IFLA International Marketing Awards illustrate perfectly Emerald’s endeavours to support global initiatives that benefit society. Once again the IFLA International Marketing Awards prove inspirational to the whole information community and we congratulate these worthy winners.

VSSC Library was awarded for conducting an “open book quiz” programme to make their research staff aware of their services and use the products subscribed by VSSC. About 900 users participated and 688 completed the quiz. The programme was a success, rated as the best program of 2012 in VSSC and all the users appreciated the work and it was well supported by VSSC management. The last question of the quiz was to list 3 favourite journals from a list of journals with customised links to JournalTOCs. N. Narayanan Kutty, the VSSC Periodicals Head, said “If they had asked the users directly to provide their favourite titles in the normal way, only very few would have sent their responses.

We congratulate the VSSC Library for its effectiveness in making users aware of the library services.