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As a regular user of RSS feeds (I currently subscribe to over 150 feeds and check them daily), I am keen to encourage others to use them.

We have started trying to encourage students to use an RSS reader to keep up-to-date via our information skills sessions and I would like to try to promote them to researchers and academic staff also. There are a number of useful academic blogs as well as news feeds and feeds for new items in journals.

I was therefore delighted to see Joe Hilton and Roddy MacLeod’s article in the latest edition of SCONUL Focus detailing their ticTOCs project.

Taken from the ticTOCs website:

The ticTOCs Project is piloting a free service where researchers, academics and anyone else can keep up-to-date with scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs)

What a great service! ticTOCs currently has 7,742 journal Tables of Contents which users can sign up to receive updates of in their ticTOCs account. Ideally I’d like to see everyone familiar with RSS feeds and using RSS readers but for those who only want to use it for journals ticTOCs is an ideally starting point. Let’s hope it raises the profile of receiving feeds to keep researchers up-to-date.

  • Thanks for mentioning ticTOCs. The next release of ticTOCs (due next month) will make ticTOCs a viable service. That release will have more content, constantly updated content, better search, and subject browse.

    Roddy MacLeod
    ticTOCs Management Support

  • Thanks for the update Roddy, that’s great news. I’ll be looking forward to the release. 🙂