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To search, type one or more keywords, a phrase (delimited with double-quote characters (")) or use * for truncation (e.g engineer* to find engineer, engineering, engineers etc.) Currently, you can search in publisher names, journal titles and in the data made available in the TOC articles by the publishers.

Additionally, 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 Register to ensure your journals are permanently saved.

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Journal TOC RSS Feeds

JournalTOCs aggregates Tables of Contents from thousands of journals using TOC RSS feeds.

All the Basics You Need to Know About RSS Feeds

RSS is just a text file format. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

The file format of RSS files follows the rules set by an XML (Extensible Markup Language) specification to format data in electronic files. So RSS files a re just simple XML files (a sample XML file)).

RSS feeds are a kind of special RSS files, because the data they contain are news or announcements and are used to syndicate news and other web content. They "feed" other web pages, RSS aggregator or RSS readers.

The nice thing of web syndication is that your content is distributed in many places on the web. The benefit of syndication is that you get a much wider audience for your content. The only thing you need to do is to put a copy of the content you want to syndicate (distribute) on some place of your web site. Of course, that copy has to be an RSS file.

Feeds allow you to read content updates in your RSS reader - not online. In our fast-paced world with tons of information available, feeds are a great time saver.

RSS Feeds are an excellent delivery vehicle for news content. So why don't use RSS feeds to announce new articles being published by scientific journals? That is what publishers are doing since 2003. As you know, in the first pages of a journal issue we find the table of contents (TOC), which lists things like the titles, authors and pages for the articles that are included in this particular issue. If we put this list in a RSS file, bingo, we have now a journal TOC RSS feed! A publisher will put this RSS file on its web site, from where authors and researchers will benefit from early exposure of the latest research published in the journal.

However, we are still having a problem: As today, January 2010, there are more than 15,000 journals providing RSS feeds for their latest or current issues; and this number is increasing every day. Finding the current research output that is relevant for you from such overwhelming amount of information dispersed in more than 500 publishers' web sites is not easy.

journalTOCs makes it easy to manage this flow of information. journalTOCs aggregates almost all the available journal TOC RSS feeds; in particular from the top or most important scientific journals. More importantly journalTOCs provides an API, from here which anyone can use to re-use (mashup) the feeds that have been aggregated by journalTOCs.

You can get direct links to all the latest articles right away from journalTOCs web site. You can set up (subscribe) your preferred journals (You Follow ) once and using our API you will have the relevant content coming to your desktop. You only need to provide us with your email address, which we never use for anything else than providing you with your own personalised RSS feed of your subscribed TOC RSS feeds. If the content no longer appeals you, you can stop following by just removing them from your "Journals you Follow" list - and they are actually unsubscribed! No spam.

Publishers benefit a lot from using RSS feeds. The TOCs of a journal issue are perfect content for a feed. There are so many journals that publishers shouldn't expect that readers will come to their site every day. But if the publisher offers TOC RSS feeds for their journals, they will pop right into their readers.

Feeds are picked up on multiple sites and come to the attention of readers when they do an initial search. Publishers should notice that search engines take note of regularly updated content. A feed brings the publisher's site to their attention. Because a feed is machine-readable, the search software doesn't have to figure out which parts of the website are important and which parts are just the navigation and presentation. There are many ways publishers can put TOC RSS feed on their website. Some are free, some have a small cost. Most of them will be economic and easy to use and to be done by the own publisher's technical people.

As more people get to know about feeds they look for the little orange icons that indicate the content is available in a feed.

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