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December brings new features for super-user accounts

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The super-user account has become an important tool for the administrators of institutional customised versions of JournalTOCs. A number of changes to the user interface as well as new features have been recently added to the super-user account, based largely on feedback from the own super-users.

We have expanded the functionality of managing user’s email alerts. Now super-users can activate, deactivate and change the alert frequency of email alerts for their users. Users of customised versions of JournalTOCs can choose from the following alert frequencies:

– Once a day
– Once a week (Weekly Digest)
– Once a month (Monthly Digest), or
– Temporary deactivated (holidays)

A super-user noticed that some of his users were following many journals for which they didn’t have online full-text access. However, the email alerts sent to those users for those journals, were invariably including institutional URLs (e.g. openURL, ezProxy or WAM URLs). A change has been implemented in the alerting system, so now the email alerts include institutional URLs only for the journals for which the institution has full-text access. For the rest of journals, users are provided with the URL of the journal homepage so they can go directly to the publisher site and read the abstracts.

Super-users can disable and enable self-registration from the Admin panel. Until now, any user belonging to an institution with a customised version of JournalTOCs could add himself to the group of users of the customised version. Thus, any user that signed up with JournalTOCs and whose domain email address was the same than the institutional domain email address, was automatically added to the customised version. Now “self-registration” is managed by the super-user account.

Furthermore, super-users can request that the email alert of a specific user be redirected to any other email address. This can be useful for example when a user prefers that his alerts be sent to his private email address rather than his institutional email address.

The group of super-users has become a stimulating powerhouse of ideas, generating innovative changes for the benefit of all the institutions that are using customised versions of JournalTOCs. New features and changes are expected to happen in the coming months in response to the feedback of our super-users, who are the ones who really are steering the development of the super-user account at JournalTOCs.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

November 30th, 2012 at 11:45 pm