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Why is JournalTOCs attracting so many academic librarians?

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We have been planning to report on the journals that were most preferred by JournalTOCs users. We thought that one way to produce this report would be counting the number of times a journal was found in the MyTOCs folders of our subscribed users. We decided to post the results today, perhaps to commemorate that one year ago today, on September 23, 2010, JournalTOCs announced the first version of its API.

We were surprised by the results. The top places were dominated by journals from the library and information sciences field. Before posting the results we did a quick check. Either a big chunk of our users were librarians or something was not right in our database. We quickly contacted 60 of our most active subscribed users and yes, most of them are librarians or are working in that area. So, it seems that academic librarians are the users that have more interest in keeping track of new issues published in specific journals. We wonder why?

Librarians can obviously see the benefits of keeping current with scholarly literature by using JournalTOCs. However, they have not so far been able to get this message across to many of their own library users. Another reason might be because JournalTOCs has received little funding, and so it has been impossible to launch a viable promotional campaign to reach researchers and academics directly.

The following are the top 50 journals drawn from the 5,265 journals that are being tracked by our MyTOCs subscribed users, as today:

No. Journal Title Publisher myTOCs< ?b>
1 Library Hi Tech Emerald 57
2 The Electronic Library Emerald 52
3 Library & Information Science Research Elsevier 44
4 D-Lib Magazine Corporation for National Research Initiatives 39
5 Library Hi Tech News Emerald 38
6 The Library Quarterly University of Chicago Press, The 36
7 Journal of Information Science Sage Publications 34
8 Library Management Emerald 32
9 Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical S… Elsevier 30
10 Library Review Emerald 29
11 The International Information & Library Review Elsevier 29
12 Nature Nature Publishing Group 27
13 New Library World Emerald 26
14 International Journal on Digital Libraries Springer-Verlag 25
15 Journal of Library Administration Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 25
16 The Information Society: An International Journal Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 25
17 College & Undergraduate Libraries Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 24
18 Journal of Information Literacy Loughborough University Library 24
19 Program: Electronic Library and Information System… Emerald 23
20 The Library Oxford University Press (OUP) 21
21 The Journal of Academic Librarianship Elsevier 20
22 Journal of Librarianship and Information Science Sage Publications 18
23 The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances Emerald 18
24 Communications in Information Literacy Communications in Information Literacy 18
25 Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 16
26 Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 16
27 Information Visualization Palgrave MacMillan 16
28 Journal of Library & Information Services in Dista… Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 16
29 Library History Maney Publishing 16
30 Science American Association for the Advancement of Scienc… 15
31 Advanced Technology for Learning ACTA Press 14
32 Huntington Library Quarterly University of California Press 14
33 ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 14
34 Journal of Library Metadata Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 14
35 International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelli… Inderscience Publishers 14
36 Journal of Digital Information Texas AM University Libraries 14
37 International Library Review Elsevier 13
38 Online Information Review Emerald 13
39 Library & Archival Security Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 12
40 European Journal of Chemistry European Journal of Chemistry 12
41 Archives and Museum Informatics Springer-Verlag 11
42 European Journal of Information Systems Palgrave MacMillan 11
43 International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Springer-Verlag 10
44 Journal of Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery & E… Informa UK (Taylor & Francis) 10
45 Journal of the American Society for Information Sc… John Wiley & Sons 10
46 Oxford Journal of Archaeology John Wiley & Sons 10
47 VINE Emerald 10
48 Mobile Information Systems IOS Press 10
49 South African Journal of Libraries and Information… Sabinet Online Ltd 10
50 The Indexer Society of Indexers 10

Written by Santiago Chumbe

September 23rd, 2010 at 6:02 pm