I don't know what an RSS feeds is
RSS is just a text file format. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.
The file format of RSS files follows the rules set for XML files. So RSS files are just simple XML files that contain news or announcements about a product, service or a journal.
RSS files are also called RSS feeds because they are used to syndicate news and other web content. They "feed" other web pages and RSS readers.
Why should I have an RSS feeds for my journal TOC?
All the important publishers and learning societies provide TOC RSS feeds for their journals.
If you want to know how the TOC RSS feeds of these publishers look like, take a look these examples:
The Lancet: http://rss.sciencedirect.com/publication/science/4886
PLoS ONE: http://feeds.plos.org/plosone/PLoSONE?format=xml
The current TOCs of these journals are part of JournalTOCs.
The nice thing of having RSS feeds for your TOCs is that your content can automatically be distributed in many places on the web; which means you get a much wider audience for your content. The only thing you need to do is to put a copy of the content of your TOC on some place of your web site. Of course, that copy has to be an RSS file.
I don't know how to create a TOC RSS feeds
If you want to have full control on the format and content of your RSS feeds, the best option for you is that your IT team create, maintain and host your journal TOC RSS files. However, if that it's not possible you can use free tools to generate RSS feeds from your journal TOC web pages. Tools such as Feedburner and RSSPECT. We don't endorse any of these tools but we have seen that various publishers are using them to generate their TOC RSS feeds.
Publishers using the OJS (Open Journal Systems) submission system can easily produce TOC RSS feeds for their new or current issues. They only need to make sure that the OJS option to generate RSS feeds is enabled. RSS feeds have been enabled by default from OJS 2.2.3 onwards. Read how to enable TOC RSS feeds with OJS.
Why should I add my journal to JournalTOCs?
JournalTOCs is about making your journal TOCs available in a more convenient manner with no extra cost for you.
If your journal TOC RSS feeds are indexed by JournalTOCs, our users will be made aware of your new issues almost as soon as they have been published. There are so many electronic journals now that most of your potential subscribers won't come to your site every day. By being part of JournalTOCs, you are in front of them constantly, improving the chances that they'll find your articles and visit your journals.
How can JournalTOCs help publishers reach more readers and new subscribers?
* We increase the chances that they visit your site through to an article that catches their eye.
* We improve your publications' visibility and reach, brand awareness and subscription chances without any extra cost for you.
* We enable sharing of your TOC RS feeds by web developers wanting to easily incorporate your TOCs into their own websites.
* As we use the Dublin Core and PRISM standards for metadata exchange, we enhance and present your even invalid RSS feeds in a standard and consistent format.
I publish dozens of journals. How could I add them together in one go?
If adding journals one by one using the above form is not efficient for you, you are very welcome to email the URLs for your journal TOC RSS feeds to email@example.com. You normally should enclose in your email a file with the list of your journals. Please kindly include the title, print-ISSN number, electronic-ISSN number, homepage URL and the RSS URL for each journal. You can use any file format such as text, MS Excel and CSV but the preferred format for your file is OPML.
We endeavour to keep up-to-date the journals published by all the publishers that have been selected by JournalTOCs. We give priority to using the own publishers' OPML files to keep track of new titles. OPML is a standard file format for rapid distribution of RSS feeds.
Unfortunately if you don't publish a web page in OPML format (OPML file) with the up-to-date list of your journals, we will not be able to keep track of your new, transferred or ceased journals.
In fact, having an OPML file on your website is highly beneficial for your business. Thus all the major publishers are already publishing OPML files on their websites. The OPML files are useful for academic libraries, aggregators, institutions and individual subscribers that need to keep track of journals
We strongly encourage you putting on your website an up-to-date OPML file that should include all the journals you publish. Our crawler will check your OPML file in a regular basis so we can make sure of including all your titles in JournalTOCs and thus provide exact information to our users (mainly librarians wanting to keep informed about new titles, changes of titles or transfers of ownerships)
Producing an OPML file is simple and should not be a challenge for your technical staff. Please find below some examples of OPML files that are being produced by some of our main providers of information: