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Integración de Tablas de Contenido en un Catálogo Español de Revistas de Ciencias de la Salud

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El Catálogo de Revistas de Ciencias de la Salud (RCS) está usando JournalTOCs para mostrar las Tablas de Contenido de sus revistas en las páginas web del catálogo.

La integración de JournalTOCs con RCS ha sido completada por el administrador de RCS, Josep-Manuel Rodríguez-Gairín, quien explica que “la integración con JournalTOCs ha consistido en el desarrollo de un modulo que realiza una llamada dinámica al API de JournalTOCs aprovechando las librerías DOM de PHP. La respuesta es procesada por una hoja XSL e incrustada en la ficha de la publicación de manera que el usuario dispone de la información de los últimos artículos publicados junto a los datos de la revista y las posibles ubicaciones de la misma en las bibliotecas españolas.

La integración ha sido desarrollada por RCS utilizando PHP/MySQL.

El usuario accede a la más reciente tabla de contenido de la revista a través de un enlace de la pestaña Ultimos artículos. La siguiente imagen muestra el enlace en el caso de la Tabla de Contenido de la revista JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association):

JAMA Latest Articles

La pestaña sólo aparece si se encuentran datos de la tabla de contenido en JournalTOCs. Los datos se guardan localmente en cache durante 24 horas para evitar sobrecargar el servidor de JournalTOCs.

RCS es un catálogo que tiene por finalidad mantener actualizados los datos de las revistas de Ciencias de la Salud presentes en bibliotecas biomédicas españolas tanto a nivel de fondos como a nivel de enlaces a fin de servir de soporte a los sistemas de gestión de préstamo interbibliotecario.

RCS es de libre acceso y está abierto a cualquier biblioteca médica que desee aportar sus fondos. RCS está especialmente diseñado para gestionar y agrupar fondos de bibliotecas virtuales que a su vez aglutinen varias ubicaciones físicas.


Embedding Journal Table of Contents in a Spanish Directory of Journals on Health Sciences

The website of the Directory of Journals on Health Sciences (RCS) at the Departament Biblioteconomia i Documentació (Universitat de Barcelona), is using JournalTOCs to display Tables of Contents for the journals included in the directory.

The integration of JournalTOCs with RCS has been done by Josep-Manuel Rodriguez-Gairín, RCS manager, who explains that “the integration consisted in developing a module that makes use of the DOM PHP libraries to execute dynamic calls to the JournalTOCs API. The response is parsed with an XSL sheet and embedded in the journal record so that the user has the information of the latest published articles together with the data of the journal and the possible locations of the journal in Spanish libraries.

The integration has been developed by RCS using PHP and MySQL.

RCS users can access the latest journal table of contents by clicking the link on the Ultimos artículos tab. The above image shows the tab for the recent TOC of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association.)

The tab only appears if a table of contents has been found in JournalTOCs. The data fetched from JournalTOCs is stored locally in cache for 24 hours to avoid overloading JournalTOCs server.

RCS purpose is to keep up-to-date information for journals on Health Sciences that are part of Spanish biomedical libraries, for both print and electronic holdings, to support the systems that manage interlibrary loans.

RCS is free to use for anyone and is available to any medical library willing to provide information on its print and electronic holdings. RCS is specially designed to manage and fund groups of virtual libraries, which in turn draw together multiple physical locations.

Written by Santiago Chumbe

June 16th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Announcing WattJournals: The first customised version of JournalTOCs for Academic Libraries

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A new, low-cost effective search tool for Heriot-Watt University, WattJournals, was pre-launched today to help their students and researchers keep up to date.

spineless? – the official blog of Heriot-Watt University Library – announced the pre-launch of its new WattJournals search tool. The announcement explains that WattJournals is a new service developed by the University Library and ICBL which gives fast and easy access to the full-text of over 4,000 electronic journals to which the Library subscribes. WattJournals is planned to be launched and linked from the Library website early in July 2010 after completing its final testing stage with students and academic staff.

WattJournals is an innovative and economic alternative to large and sometimes complex e-journal systems.  It helps students and researchers find papers as soon as they have been published, access the full-text of all papers being searched, save searches for later use, and export citations to EndNote.

Gill McDonald, Acting Librarian for Heriot-Watt University unveiled WattJournals saying that “This new service will be particularly useful to students and researchers who want to get some up-to-date articles and research papers quickly and easily. We know that some students find the whole process of navigating several databases and e-journal sites quite confusing at first, and to do a search and then find that the Library doesn’t have a subscription to the journal you’ve found is really frustrating.”

This statement may sound familiar to many university library users as it is well known that complex web interfaces and library database systems can sometimes actually discourage students from using library e-journal sites and they often use Google instead.

McDonald added, “WattJournals can be a gentle introduction to searching, with the added benefit that all the articles found will be available – no more dead ends! I’m delighted that the Library and ICBL have been able to work together to develop WattJournals for the benefit of all Heriot-Watt staff and students.”

Although WattJournals is specially designed for Heriot-Watt University, it is powered by a software toolkit provide through JournalTOCs that can be installed and configured by any academic library wanting to provide their users with a webpage that searches only journals to which that library subscribes. This has been done by integrating the functionality of three different web applications through an agile development and lightweight technique known as mashup, which makes extremely easy the wiring of the Library Subscription Management System (Subscriptions Filter), the Institutional OpenURL Link resolver and the RSS feeds exposed by the JournalTOCs API.  The implementation of WattJournals is illustrated in the following picture.


The JournalTOCs Toolkit is at the core of this mashup. The software toolkit, developed by the JournalTOCs Project, is to be installed on web servers of institutions wanting to create localised customised instances of JournalTOCs, under a “licence-to-use” access model. WattJournals is a typical example of using this economic and easy-to-use model. The University library administrator only needed to download and install the toolkit on the library web server and register the new installation with the central JournalTOCs web site.

JournalTOCs is a free service, covering almost all the journals currently producing RSS feeds (over 14,000 journals). The JournalTOCs API output is just a simple and easy-to-use RSS feed. Papers searched by the API come directly from the publisher as soon as they have been published online. For more information about the JournalTOCs API and the JournalTOCs toolkit for Academic Libraries, please contact

Creating “full-text always available” current-awareness services

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Interesting to see academic libraries starting to use the journalTOCs API. Library IT staff have came out with different ideas for re-using journal TOC RSS feeds, from the early “pre-API downloads” to the a little bit more complex “easy receipts” developments. One of these applications that attracted our attention today was the implementation of localised instances of journalTOCs in the library web sites, by creating mashups with the journalTOCs API and other library APIs and web services.

100% Free-Text Access

In addition to the current awareness service provided, the main point of having a localised journalTOCs-based service is that its search results lead to 100% guaranteed full text to members of the University searching from on-campus, or logged in via the institutional portal from off-campus. That it’s something attractive, in particular for under-graduate students who are less likely to be interested in papers for which they do not have immediate full-text access.

Here in the UK, the library of the Heriot Watt University (H-W) has registered an institutional identifier (*) with JournalTOCs in order to be able to create a tailored journal current awareness service for its library, which should search only the latest papers published in the library holdings in order that the full-text of the articles returned in the search results be always 100% freely available for students and staff of the Heriot-Watt University. Here it is the prototype (beta) of a localised JournalTOCs. The prototype searches the TOCs of 4,500 journals that the University subscribes to which have TOC RSS feeds. It’s still under development, but shows you one or two possibilities. The prototype combines the journalTOC API with an H-W API that exposes the University holdings and with the SerialsSolutions 360Link Resolver to provide OpenURL access.

In general, librarians should not find it difficult to add OpenURL links into their own localised TOC services, because the search results always provide the article title and journal title for each article and, if available in the RSS feed, the DOI, the authors, vol., issue, etc. Thus, adding OpenURL links is simple. You need just to know either the DOI of the article or the article title and journal title (or ISSN) and if possible the first author surname, the vol., issue and pub. date.

We hope that journalTOCS become a useful tool for academic libraries. However, we are aware that, as long as not all the publishers produce OPML feeds as well as rich TOC RSS feeds for their journals, any possible service developments arising out of JournalTOCs would be unlikely to have all the bells and whistles of a commercial aggregator, but as some librarians have pointed out, libraries facing cutbacks will have to make some sacrifices and be more imaginative; and journalTOCs can help them in that sense. Additionally JournalTOCs, in line with the CrossRef guidelines, is interested in continuing to advocate the widespread use of OPML and rich TOC RSS feeds among publishers, which in time will have a gradual impact in the quality and the potential of library services using JournalTOCs content.

(*) Registration of JournalTOCs API Institutional identifiers is free for any institution, on request done via JOURNALTOCs Help

Written by Santiago Chumbe

April 22nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm