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:
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.
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
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.
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.
Many would argue that there is no excuse for software developers not to support old browsers, aka browsers that have been released more than five years ago or do not support the advanced web apps commonly used in modern websites.
Some will point out that developers should apply standards that all browsers should support, and that the whole point of well formed HTML is that it should render in any browser.
But what about security vulnerabilities commonly found in older browsers and what about the support for the rich and interactive web apps that have transformed the way we interact with websites nowadays? Shouldn’t those two reasons be enough to convince anyone to upgrade their browser? Our experience with the NHS, the major UK Heath service, has shown us that sometimes the answer is no.
JournalTOCs is used by hundreds of professionals from the NHS. Sometimes we receive enquiries from NHS librarians, who are using JournalTOCs to support the current awareness demands of their patrons. A recurrent question, made by those librarians in a rather apologetic manner, is whether JournalTOCs web pages will work and render without problems by the browser being used by many in the NHS, which is the old version 7 of the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE7). Those librarians are pleased to learn that JournalTOCs has been developed to work with IE7 and also newer browser versions.
IE7 was released by Microsoft in October 2006. It was shipped as the default browser in Windows Vista systems and was offered as a replacement for IE 6 for Windows XP systems. IE7 was superseded by IE8 in March 2009, which in turn was replaced by IE9, released in March 2011. IE9 no longer supports Windows XP systems. IE7 is now a seven years old browser. However, it is estimated that IE7’s global market share is still 4%.
The issue becomes relevant in particular when you need to provide an external web service to NHS users. Probably a sizable chunk of the IE7 market share comes from the NHS and other departments from the UK government such as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The NHS alone has more than 800,000 workstations and laptops nationwide, where IE7 is installed by default.
Why is an organisation with the importance of the NHS letting its staff use a seven years browser that has already been superseded by two versions? And why IE only? The clue to the answer can be found by the fact that the NHS is one of those organisations that are more concerned with maintaining the stability of their major critical intranets than being compliant with external services and websites that are occasionally used by their staff. Google can be omnipresent and very important for millions of users and can afford to stop supporting old browsers (Modern browsers for modern applications) and develop its own browser, but it will not deter those organisations from continuing using a browser that is strongly interrelated with their enterprise intranets.
As long as critical NHS enterprise applications are still depending on IE7, JournalTOCs will continue supporting IE7. We understand that enterprise applications are not easy to upgrade. They deal with booking services, expense claims, corporate accounts, staffing changes, CRM systems, payroll, etc. Upgrading these expensive systems is not a trivial task. It’s one process that is full of risks. So, it makes sense that these systems are upgraded at large intervals of time, with the process being rigorously controlled and methodically run. It also makes sense that JournalTOCs should be able to be useful to staff working in the NHS and other national organisations from other countries that are in a similar situation to the NHS.
The latest release 1.0.2 of BentoSearch, the Open Source Ruby on Rails library layer to search and display results from external search engines, has implemented support for JournalTOCs API to provide a look-up for journal current articles.
BentoSearch can be used by software developers to implement Ruby on Rails applications to leverage local academic library systems. It supports various relevant proprietary and free search engines such as the discovery services Summon, EDS and Primo, as well as the EBSCOHost and Scopus databases, alongside with Google Books and Google Site Search.
The main developer of BentoSearch is Jonathan Rochkind from Johns Hopkins University Library. He works with APIs to combine functionality from different places into integrated applications. He is using the JournalTOCs API to develop an integrated “Current Articles from This Journal” display into his local library applications. Jonathan has helped us to identify and resolve various issues with the feeds normalized and returned by JournalTOCs API. He has also developed the open source Umlaut software.
BentoSearch full documentation for developers is available here
Examples of implementing the BentoSearch library can be found here
The only requirement to use the JournalTOCs API from BentoSearch is to have an email address registered with JournalTOCs.
You can see a very basic prototype, by looking up journals at:
https://blacklight.library.jhu.edu/umlaut_demo (link resolver demo)
and looking for the “Current Articles” link under “See Also“, if available.