JournalTOCs – Your Virtual New Journals Shelf

Do you want to keep up with the most recent articles from your favorite journals?  The Health Sciences Library has recently subscribed to JournalTOCs, a current awareness service that lets you create a personalized list of journals to view the latest tables of contents.  Our JournalTOCs subscription includes 780 journals for which NYMC has full-text access.  By signing up for a free account with your NYMC email address, you’ll be able to build a personal list of journals for which you’d like to see the latest tables of contents.  If you’d like a librarian to setup your account for you, please ask us! You can view the tables of contents within your JournalTOCs account, receive alerts in your email, or read them in an RSS reader as soon as they’re published electronically.  In addition to NYMC’s full-text journals, you can also view titles and tables of contents for the over 21,000 journals in the JournalTOCs system.

JournalTOCs information sessions will be held in the library Thursday, April 25th  from 2-3pm and Friday, April 26th from 11am-12pm.  Please register ahead of time on the Library Calendar.  Read on for more information.

Once you have registered with JournalTOCs and signed into your account, you can select journals to follow from the list of NYMC-HSL journals, from the most-followed journals, or by searching for specific titles.

Simply clicking in the checkbox next to a journal title adds it to your followed list.  Inside the list of “Journals you Follow,” you can view the current TOCs for your journals.  There are also options to receive your Table of Contents alerts by email or RSS, depending on your preference. Receiving TOC alerts by email only requires you to check off that option at the bottom of your followed journals page. To receive alerts by RSS, you’ll need to download your OPML file, which is a text-based XML file that you will use to import your subscriptions into an RSS reader.  At the bottom of your followed journals page, simply click “Save & Export.”  The OPML file will begin downloading immediately to your Downloads folder.


The next step is choosing an RSS reader if you don’t already use one.  Bloglines and The Old Reader  (R.I.P. Google Reader) are web-based readers that take OPML imports, so loading all of your followed journals from JournalTOCs is easy.  Feedly is gaining ground as a popular reader, however it does not take OPML imports as of yet, so each journal feed needs to be added individually (via stephen at  Using Bloglines as an example, here’s how to import your feeds into a reader:


Register for a Bloglines account and login.  Once you’ve logged in, click “Add Content” at the top left of the screen, then click “Add a feed” from the menu that drops down.  Click “Import” next to OPML, shown circled below.  Find the “mytocs.opml” file in your Downloads folder and import it.


After your feeds have imported, you can change the overall look of your Bloglines experience by switching the view from Widgets to Reader using the toggle button at the very top left of your screen.  In either view, you can add new folders and organize your feeds any way you like.



If you have any questions about setting up a JournalTOCs account, receiving table of contents alerts, or RSS, don’t hesitate to contact Reference staff at 914-594-4210 or by email or chat through Ask NYMC Library.  For more information about setting up other types of alerts by email or RSS, see Alert Services.