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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
  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 ( and click the Export to EndNote link to produce a compatible RIS file (EndNote®).

    Export to EndNote

  9. Follow the instructions at to import the RIS file into your RefMan database.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

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 Santiago Chumbe

September 10th, 2013 at 11:40 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.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

May 7th, 2013 at 9:09 am

NHS: Don’t worry, JournalTOCs supports the old IE7 browser

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NHS Homepage with IE7 in 2010

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.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

April 22nd, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Finding current articles with BentoSearch

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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: (link resolver demo)
and looking for the “Current Articles” link under “See Also“, if available.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

April 8th, 2013 at 10:16 am