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Participating countries: Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania

Consortia funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) JEMO Project
from August 2014 to December 2015

University and research libraries in developing countries have benefited from this collaboration between JournalTOCs and INASP. Access to JournalTOCs Premium has been provided free for 39 eligible INASP partners from Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania enabling participating libraries to develop and manage effective scholarly journal current awareness services for their researchers.

Based at the School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, JournalTOCS Premium is the institutional version of JournalTOCs, the largest, free collection of subscription and Open Access journal Tables of Contents.

INASP is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges.

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Kay Raseroka, a past Director of the Library at the University of Botswana, past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2003-2005, and Member of the Board of Trustees of INASP, said:
“I am delighted that this project is going ahead. It will help researchers in less developed countries to keep abreast of new scholarly papers as well as giving librarians an important role in the process. Through the inclusion of the INASP Journals Online content, much of which is Open Access, it will also improve the accessibility and visibility of research from developing countries.”

Dr Ian Brotherston, past Head of Enterprise Services at Heriot-Watt University, said:
“I am delighted that Heriot-Watt is supporting the JournalTOCs and the JEMO project via its EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. JournalTOCs and JEMO are exactly the sort of product development programmes that in our view the Impact Acceleration Account was designed to support”

For more information about JournalTOCS Premium visit http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/customise.php
or email: journaltocs@hw.ac.uk or phone: Elizabeth Johnson, Research & Enterprise Services, +44 (0)131 451 3192
For more information about INASP and their collaboration with JournalTOCS please email apowell@inasp.info or visit http://www.inasp.info

Over 220 African Journals Online (AJOL) titles have been added to JournalTOCs.  Many of these journals will be of interest to researchers everywhere, but especially to those in developing countries.  They cover subjects such as anthropology, economic development, health and medical sciences, history, librarianship, sustainable development, education, agriculture, and more.

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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As a result of work being done on the JEMO Project, the number of scholarly journals whose latest Tables of Contents (TOCs) are included in the JournalTOCS alerting service for researchers has passed the 23,000 mark.  The increase has resulted from a systematic review of current journal titles being offered by several of the largest publishers included in JournalTOCs, plus the addition of a number of relatively new journals, several of which are of interest to researchers in developing countries and/or medical researchers.

Of the 23,000 Tables of Content included in JournalTOCs, more than 6,500 are Open Access.  Of the non OA titles, a rapidly growing number are hybrid journals, i.e. ones where some, but not all, of the articles are Open Access.  For example, Elsevier, the largest journal publisher, now offers OA options to authors in over 1600 of their journals.  Other publishers are following a similar course and most are offering OA options in a percentage, or in some cases all, of their titles.

Following the increase in coverage of JournalTOCs, the JEMO Project will be better placed to fulfil its 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.

It is not only about quantity, of course. Quality of content is also important, and JournalTOCs does not include journals that do not adhere to appropriate standards.

More details about further progress being made by JEMO will appear shortly in this blog.

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