Monthly Archives: December 2013

During the first months of the JEMO Project, nearly 1,000 new journal titles have been manually added to JournalTOCs, in preparation for: (1) helping publishers to implement standard access-rights elements in their RSS feeds to enable the systematic identification of Open Access (OA) articles from hybrid and Green OA journals and; (2) broadening the benefits of current awareness on scholarly publications for researchers from developing countries.

As well as a systematic trawl through the publication lists of about 50 major journal publishers, which resulted in many titles being added from De Gruyter/Versita, Oxford University Press, Project Muse, Sage and Taylor & Francis, etc, the Directory of Research Journals Indexing (DRJI) was checked.  Many titles included in DRJI are published in developing countries, however the list includes some titles that feature in Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers plus basically published titles which do not produce RSS TOC feeds, therefore care was taken to add only quality journals listed in the DRJI to JournalTOCs.

Redalyc provides access to over 800 journals published in Latin America. Some Redalyc titles were failing in JournalTOCs, and so the entire list of Redalyc journals was checked, and this resulted in many new titles being added to JournalTOCs plus all existing records updated.  There are now about 450 Redalyc titles in JournalTOCs. The remaining titles listed at the Redalyc website are either already in JournalTOCs because they are also listed by SciELO or another publisher, or have ceased publication.

All journals on the PePSIC  website were checked in a similar way.  A number of new titles were subsequently added to JournalTOCs.

The DOAJ produces an RSS feed of new titles added.  About 60 or so titles are added by DOAJ each week.  These were checked against JournalTOCs.  Now that DOAJ have a reasonable quality control policy, most titles with feeds are added to JournalTOCs.

During the period in question, [NewJour] restarted posting details of new (to it) journals.  These were checked against JournalTOCs and added where applicable.

The JURN blog notes new additions to their service. These were checked, and added to JournalTOCs, where applicable.

Additions to ZETOC were checked, and added to JournalTOCs, where applicable.

The new titles were blogged here (105 titles), here (103 titles), here (324 titles), here (287 titles) and here (135 titles).

Most new additions were weeted by @journaltocs  

By using a Google URL Shortener in the tweets, the number of people who click through to the JournalTOCs website from the tweets can be checked.


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The JEMO proposal for a conference session on “Hybrid journals: Ensuring systematic and standard discoverability of latest Open Access articles” has been accepted for the NASIG 29th Annual Conference on Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers to be held in Texas (USA) May 1st to 4th 2014.

The session will be presented by the renowned library and information science presenter Brian Kelly, who will discuss the challenge for research discovery and information providers to systematically identify the crucially important free full-text availability of OA articles published in hybrid journals, which are published together with pay-per-view or subscription articles. The need for an urgent solution to this challenge has been recognised through the creation of various initiatives initiated by national and worldwide institutions. For example the NISO Task Force on Open Access Metadata and Indicators.

The JEMO Research Team is working with six important publishers and is using the JournalTOCs service to trial possible solutions developed by using standard elements that are in agreement with the task force instigated by NISO to resolve this issue in a standardised manner. Brian will describe how the solutions have been prototyped by embedding article-level OA metadata in the TOC RSS feeds produced by the participant publishers. He will discuss the viability, advantages and issues found when using the proposed solution to systematically discover OA content from those eight publishers’ hybrid journals.

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is the preeminent organization for the North American serials community, and it assumes a leadership role in the global information environment. NASIG offers the most influential and dynamic annual conference in the serials industry, at which issues are intensely debated and speakers challenge assumptions and traditions. The focus of the NASIG 29th Conference includes: Electronic resource life cycle and management; Standards and systems of cataloguing and classification, metadata, and indexing; Technology and providing for discovery and access to electronic resources; Electronic resources standards, initiatives, best practices, and workflows and; Scholarly communication initiatives.

We will be posting summaries and updates on the research in progress to be done between now and the conference date. If successful, Brian would be presenting to NASIG participants an efficient method for enabling M2M discovery of OA articles regardless of where and how such articles have been published.

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