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  JournalTOCs gives you access to the Tables Of Contents (TOCs) of the current issues of 26,380 journals that produce TOC RSS feeds. Journals that do not produce TOC RSS feeds are not included in this service.  
With JournalTOCs you can Search, Browse and Follow journals. You also can search for articles within the content of journal TOCs.


Start searching for TOCs from Search by entering a search query in the left hand side "Search" box and click "Go".

To search, type one or more keywords, or a phrase (delimited with double-quote characters (")) or use * for truncation (e.g engineer* to find engineer, engineering, engineers etc.) Check the "for Journals by Title or ISSN" option if you want to search for journals (this is the default search option). Check the "for Articles by Keywords" option if you want to search for articles by keywords found in the TOC articles.

Search Query

The system adds an AND between the keywords of your search query. For example: methods emulsion synthesis will be interpreted as methods AND emulsion AND synthesis.

  • To search for articles that have any of your keywords use OR. Example: methods OR emulsion OR synthesis
  • To search for exact phrases use double commas. Example: "Emulsion Polymerization Methods"
  • To truncate your search use *. Thus engineer* will search for engineer, engineers and engineering
  • To ensure that the search results do not contain an specific word, you need to precede it with NOT. Example: methods emulsion NOT synthesis will not include articles that have the synthesis keyword in their description.

Searching for articles

The search results are ranked by the number of times your keywords were found in the articles' metadata. The articles that contain all your keywords are ranked first. However, the results that contain the keywords in the title of the articles are displayed at the top of the rank.

The search results include:

  1. The search box showing your search query.
  2. The title of the article. Click here to visit the article web page on the publisher web site.
  3. Authors' names are shown only if they have been provided by the original electronic journal TOC.
  4. The snippet: An excerpt from the article abstract.
  5. The article's DOI is shown if it is available.
  6. The journal title where the article has been published. Click here if you want to visit the journal home page.
  7. A checkbox in front of each article's title, if you have signed in.


You can browse TOCs by publisher or by subject from the links available from our Homepage. Once you have searched or browsed, you will be able to click on a journal title to display its latest Table of Contents.

Browse by Publisher: All the 3359 publishers included in this service are listed at Browse->Publishers in a two-column table ("Publisher" and "No. of Journals"). Click on "Publisher" to alphabetical sort the publishers in ascending order; click again on "Publisher" and the list will be alphabetical sorted in descending order. Click on "No. of Journals" to rank the publishers by number of journals in ascending order; click again on "No. of Journals" and the list will be re-ranked in descending order.

Browse by Subject: The subject headings of this service are listed at Browse->Subjects in a two-column table ("Subject" and "No. of Journals"). Click on "Subject" to alphabetical sort the subjects in ascending order; click again on "Subject" and the list will be alphabetical sorted in descending order. Click on "No. of Journals" to rank the subjects by number of journals in ascending order; click again on "No. of Journals" and the list will be re-ranked in descending order.


From search and browse results, you can select journal TOCs to follow with a "tick" (tick to follow). From there you can read your favourite TOCs at your convenience, or export them as an OPML file into your favourite feed reader. Please Sign Up to ensure your journals are permanently saved.

Sample of a Followed Journals list:
Open Access
Partially Free
Free (Full-text Available)
New Issue
RSS web address
An individual user, registered with the free service, can follow up to 20 journals. Administrators of JournalTOCs *Premium* licences are advised to contact journaltocs@hw.ac.uk in advance if some of their users need to follow more than 300 journals.  

Saving and Exporting Articles

To save an article you need to have to sign in first and have to search for something.

In the course of a search session you may wish to save some articles. To save articles tick the checkboxes found in front of each article of the search results. You need to sign in first to be able to save articles and optionally export them in EndNote file format.


Information on using the free calls of the API can be found here and here.

Sample of applications created with the API:

Some developers have integrated JournalTOCs with their own discovery systems, for example to enable their patrons to follow journals without leaving the library website. In those cases patrons can follow journals at JournalTOCs by just clicking a link available on the library webpage which will internally communicate with one of the customised APIs of JournalTOCs. No need for patrons to go to the JournalTOCS website, to login and then manually search the journal again and add the journal to their list of followed journals. Example:
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This level of integration is only available for JournalTOCs *Premium* licences and requires the setup of a small plug-in on the library system. For further information please contact journaltocs@hw.ac.uk.

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A journal RSS feed is a file that publishers put on their websites. Normally, it contains the Table of Contents (TOCs) with the abstracts of the articles published in the most recent issue of the journal.
A journal RSS feed is written using DC, PRISM and CC standard metadata elements (tags) that have been widely adopted across the scholarly publishing industry.
The publisher automatically updates the content of the RSS feed when the journal publishes a new issue or new articles.

RSS readers and services such as JournalTOCs use journal RSS feeds to automatically collect the new articles from different journals in one place, eliminating the need to check each publisher’s website for updates.

Only journals that provide RSS feeds can be part of JournalTOCs.


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