JEMO (Journal TOCs: Expanding Market Opportunities) is a project funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) with twofold objectives: (1) to help 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) to broaden the benefits of current awareness on scholarly publications for researchers from developing countries. The project involves five publisher partners and two important library organisations.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

Currently, an important challenge for research information providers is the discovery of OA content in hybrid journals. Hybrid journals are proliferating, and nearly all of the major publishers now provide such journals in order to take advantage of recent changes in research funder requirements. However, at present, there is no discovery service able to systematically identify the crucially important free full-text availability of OA articles regardless of where and how such articles have been published. We are working with five important publishers to prototype a new systematic identification of that essential information by embedding article-level OA metadata in TOC RSS feeds. The project will use standard elements that are in agreement with the task force instigated by NISO to resolve this issue in an standardised manner.

Secondly, the project will implement consortia as a business model to facilitate access and use of current research information and knowledge by researchers from developing countries. It will also support registered users from English hospitals. With this aim, JournalTOCs works with INASP and the hospitals from NHS-England that have shown interest in JournalTOCs. The project will enable JournalTOCs to make its Premium services freely available to university libraries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, under the umbrella of consortia with INASP.

Lead institution
Heriot-Watt University

Project Partners

Edinburgh University Press

IGI Global

Libertas Academica

Oxford University Press

Georg Thieme Verlag KG


NHS County Durham and Darlington Hospital Trust


Start date:
1 September 2013
End date:
31 May 2014
The project has been extended for one year ending in July 2015.

Dr. Santiago Chumbe
Principal Investigator
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Heriot Watt University.
EH14 4AS
Phone: +00 44 (0)131 4513762
Fax: +00 44 (0)131 4513327


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