May 19, 2022

The Wonderful JournalTOCSs Reaches 24K Titles Milestone; Makes Premium Service Available For Free Libraries in Developing Countries

A free online resource that we love to talk about and also use is JournalTOCS from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

If you’re not familiar with JournalTOCS, this free current awareness service alerts users to new tables of contents (TOCs) of academic/scholarly journals as they become available.

Each alert also provides the complete TOC. They even make it a one-click process to import the TOC directly into the Zotero bibliographic management tool.

The database can also useful as a discovery tool.

How much does this resource cost? Zip, nothing, $0. An API is also available.

This overview of JournalTOCS that I wrote for Search Engine Land a few years ago has more a lot more background.

Since the article was published the database of journals has EXPANDED.

Earlier this month JournalTOCS reached a milestone, TOCs for 24,000 journals.

Since then the database has continued to grow.

As of today, JournalTOCs has 24,115 journals from 2,161 publishers. 7610 of those journals are open access. The database grows on a very regular basis through the hard work of Roddy MacLeod, who blogs and tweets about each update.

Finally, today we learned that JournalTOCs has partnered with INASP. The partnership will provide free access to JournalTOCs Premium [the service customized for institutions and other groups] for eligible INASP partner consortia in developing countries [a list of countries is available on their web site] for 17 months and, “will enable participating libraries to develop and manage effective scholarly journal current awareness services for their researchers.”

INASP, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, 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. INASP’s work is funded by governmental and non-governmental development agencies and philanthropic foundations, with contributions from its partner countries.

Learn more about the partnership in this blog post.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.