Scholarly journals – ticTOCs, New Free Journal Tables of Contents


 Keeping up-to-date with the scholarly literature just became much easier, thanks to a new service called ticTOCs  – Journal Tables of Contents Service.

What it is?

ticTOCs is a new scholarly journal tables of contents (TOCs) service.It’s FREE, its easy to use, and it provides access to the most recent tables of contents of over 11,000 scholarly journals from more than 400 publishers.  

It helps scholars, researchers, academics and anyone else keep up-to-date with what’s being published in the most recent issues of journals on almost any subject.

How to find Journal Titles

Using ticTOCs, you can:

  1. Find journals of interest by TITLE, SUBJECT or PUBLISHER;
  2. View the latest TOC;
  3. Link through to the full text of over 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscriptions, or Open Access, allow)
  4. Save selected journals to MyTOCs so that you can view future TOCs (free registration is required if you want to permanently save your MyTOCs). 
  5. ticTOCs also makes it easy to export selected TOC RSS feeds to popular feed readers such as Google Reader and Bloglines, and in addition you can import article citations into RefWorks (available through the UJ Library webpage. Contact your librarian for assistance and training where necessary ).
  6. You can  select TOCs by ticking those of interest – thousands of TOCs, within a tick or two (hence the name ticTOCs).

I have searched for journals per SUBJECT. The following number of journals are available (24/01/2009) for:

Zoology – 87 titles
Botany – 125 titles
Biology – 291 titles
Microbiology – 110 titles
Biochemistry – 223 titles
Chemistry – 170 titles
Analytical Chemistry – 51 titles
Inorganic Chemistry – 22 titles
Organic Chemistry – 70 titles
Physical Chemistry – 72 titles
Mathematics – 363 titles
Statistics – 31 titles
Astronomy – 48 titles
Physics – 255 titles
Biophysics – 34 titles
Geophysics – 49 titles
Nuclear Physics – 39 titles
Geology – 89 titles
Geography – 70 titles
Earth Sciences – 58 titles
Computers – 81 titles
Computer Security – 23 titles
and many more…..
For help use the available HELP menu or ask your librarian (Sciences Librarian at APK: Pavlinka Kovatcheva, for assistance!

ticTOCs has been funded under the JISC Users & Innovations programme and has been developed by an international consortium consisting of the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute. 


 For the full press release, click HERE.


Since the launch, several hundred more journal Tables of Contents have been added to ticTOCs: over 60 titles from Palgrave, over 185 former Haworth Press titles, 82 open access titles from Libertas Academica, 27 Edinburgh University Press journals, and titles from Longwoods Publishing, Living Reviews, IM Publications and others.


Journals from 431 publishers are currently included in ticTOCs. Read more about the latest news HERE



Just a reminder of the library hours for January 2009 (APK Campus):

5 – 17 Jan =>    Weekdays: 7:00 – 18:00

                        Saturdays: 8:30 – 13:00

19 – 31 Jan =>  Weekdays: 7:00 – 18:00

                        Saturdays: 8:30 – 15:00

Normal Library hours will resume as from 2 February 2009 (when classes start). Go to the the Library website to find more about the Library hours on all Campuses.


The UJ Library extended the membership for all POSTGRADUATES until 28 February 2009. Students will be able to access the databases until their 2009 registration is in place.

If you still experience any problems, please contact the Head of  Lending Desk at APK: April Mahlangu (, 011 559 2853)  

Visit the Library webpage for additional services and products information.


Contact the Sciences Librarians for any queries you have!







Pavlinka Kovatcheva

All Sciences subjects

011 559 2621


Goitsemang Ncongwane


011 559 1381



Ester de Broize

All Sciences subjects 

011 559 6267



 Fikiswa Mgengo

All Sciences subjects

011 559 5668



Inter Library Loan is a method of obtaining and supplying materials, which are not available in the UJ Library. This service is on National and International level, and is regulated by various agreements such as CHELSA and GAELIC.


If the material is not available on UJLink (Library Catalogue) or on the A-to-Z electronic journals, you can place a request through Inter Library Loan services. The item will be requested from another South African or International libraries.


Who qualifies for this service?


This service is available to UJ staff and Masters & Doctoral students.




South African requests are FREE of charge.

For international requests, FEE charges are applied. Read more on the Inter Library Loan web.


How to get started?


1.        If you are first time user, you need to register as an interlending member by completing ILL requisition form.

2.       You can scan, fax or e-mail after completion.

3.       Once the form is submitted to the ILL office you can start using the service.

4.       You can place ILL requests in two ways:

·         In person by completing the available cards at the ILL office or

·         Electronically – by placing your request directly through the Inter Library Loan web page. Please note, that the electronic ordering is available only at APK Campus. To place electronic request you will need to login with your SURNAME, STAFF/STUDENTS number and PIN. PIN is easy to create, just follow the instructions.

5.       Once the request is fulfilled by ILL, you will receive an e-mail notification to collect the item.

6.       If an item is not available in South Africa, you will be asked if you need the request to be placed with International Libraries.



For more information, go to the Inter Library Loan web page or contact the library staff members at these campuses:








Level 2

Heila Oosthuizen

011 559 2256

011 559 2031

011 559 2164


Joyce Makhubedu

011 559 1294


011 559 1296



 Antonet Davis

011 559 6326


011 559 6343


 Fikiswa Mgengo

011 559 5668


011 559 5673


An Inter Campus Loan (ICL) is a transaction in which books and journal articles are made available by one UJ Campus Library to another upon request.

The purpose of Inter Campus loans is to provide good and speedily services to our clients of the University of Johannesburg Library and Information centre.

Inter Campus loans are available to ALL the registered users of the University.


Where to start?

The need for this service will arise when you search the UJLink (Library Catalogue) and find a book or a journal at another campus. Search also A-to-Z electronic journals to ensure that the journal is not available in electronic format.

Once you establish that the book or journal you need is not available at your Campus Library or that all copies are already in use by other users, you can:

·         Check the UJLink and A-to-Z electronic journals for availability

·         Only books that are on open shelves can be loaned.

·         Write down the details of the title, including the campus and shelf number

·         Approach your Library Campus Inter Library Loan (ILL) office

·         Complete the cards which are available at the ILL office

·         There are two different cards: yellow for books and orange for journals; make sure that you complete the right card.

·         Once the card is filled, just put it in the allocated “post” box

·         You MUST come to the ILL office and inquire if the material is received within 3 working days


Who qualifies for this service?

This service is available to all staff and students of UJ.

Compliance with the LIC Access and Circulation Policy is a prerequisite to this service.


Cost for late returns:

Fines as determined by the LIC Access and Circulation Policy charged for late returns


Courier service:

This service is daily available to ensure that the turn around time is not compromised.


Loan period:

Determined by the UJ loan period as reflected in the LIC Access and Circulation Policy

To find out more about this service, contact the library staff members at these campuses:








Level 2

Heila Oosthuizen

011 559 2256

011 559 2031

011 559 2164


Joyce Makhubedu

011 559 1294


011 559 1296



 Antonet Davis

011 559 6326


011 559 6343


 Fikiswa Mgengo

011 559 5668


011 559 5673





The UJ Library provides access to Previous Exam Paper.

Previous exam papers can be submitted by any of the UJ Departments.

Submission of exam papers is NOT COMPULSORY for the Departments. 

Please follow these steps on how to submit exam papers to the Library:


Steps in submitting Previous Exam Papers


1.        IMPORTANT: Complete the application forms (English or Afrikaans)


2.       The Exam papers must be in MS Word format.


3.       The Course code must be used as a “file name” for the exam paper. It makes it easier for students to find it.


4.       The Exam papers should be submitted in electronic format through e-mail or on CD-Rom, accompanied by the completed application form.


5.       The contact person in the Library is Lynette Zipfel (; Tel: 011 559 2877) keeps  track of all submitted papers for future queries


6.       The files are then uploaded and made available to search through Previous Exam Paper web page.


7.       The access to the exam papers is restricted only to the registered students and staff.


8.       You will need to login with your SURNAME, STAFF / STUDENTS number and PIN. PIN is easy to create, just follow the given instructions.


Click on the link to access the available Faculty of Science Departments previous exam papers.


Study Collection contains books with a higher frequency of use than the books in the Open Collection.

Requests for books to be placed in the Study Collection may be submitted by:

 The loan period for the Study Collection is five days.

Two study collection items may be borrowed at a time.

These items CANNOT be renewed.

Each year the Study Collection can be reviewed.

For more information visit the Lending Services webpage.


UJ Library Reserve Collection consists of Electronic Course Reserve (ECR) and Printed materials. Usually these are library materials with high expected usage.The materials to be placed on reserve can be recommended by:

·         Lecturers

·         Subject Librarians

·         Lending/Circullation Staff or

·         Requested by students.

The Reserved Collection /Short Loans Collection materials can be accessed through the UJLink (Library Catalogue) or directly through Course Reserve  website. You can search the Course Reserve either per:  Lecturer or  Course name or number





Electronic Course Reserves (ECR) is a collection of articles, chapters in a book and class-notes prescribed by the lecturers for specific courses. These course materials are made available online through Course Reserve for students to access.



  • Course materials are available 24/7 from any place where there is internet access.
  • Materials can be sent to the library via email to the relevant subject librarians or the Library Circulation Desk staff
  • This makes it convenient for the lecturer and it also speeds up the process.
  • Students can either print or download documents.
  • Easy to manage and update.


  • For materials that are not you own work you will need to clear copyright with the copyright officer (Thapelo Mashishi,, 011 559-2182)
  • Lecturers who want to submit materials for the ECR can download the DALRO Blanket License form, which needs to be used for all copyright permission requests. No materials will be placed without clearance from the Copyright officer.
  • Submit copyright cleared materials to your Campus Library ECR person.
  • Update your course material every semester.


For more information visit the Lending/Circulation Services webpage.



Course material will be removed at the end of every semester.

Materials must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the date on which it will be needed.





Printed course reserves are prescribed and/or recommended material such as books, journal articles, chapters in a book or anyother class notes. These materials are available in the circulation desk to be borrowed for photocopying or studying only inside the library. They can be borrowed for 2 hour only.   




For more information visit the Lending/Circulation Services webpage.


The main goal of Circulation Department is to support the library, in its role it plays in teaching, learning and research support. This is done by controlling access to information resource and ensuring a safe and reliable circulation processes. We provide the following products and services:




Prescribed and recommended materials

Books recommended by lecturers are taken to the Reserved Collection behind the circulation desk and reserved to be issued for 2 hours.


 Electronic Course Reserves (ECR)

Journal articles, book chapters and lecture notes as requested by lecturers are scanned and placed online to be accessed by the students.




Issuing and receiving books

Our friendly and professional staff at the circulation desk will be very glad to assist you with borrowing and returning books and other material.


Cash register

You can pay your outstanding library fine, book study cubicle, or pay for lost book at our counter.



You can reserve the book that is out to another person so that you are the first person to get it when it is returned.


Overdue notices

We also send e-mail notices to you if you have outstanding finds or overdue books.


Self check-out

We have a self check machine that you can use to check out the book you’re self without waiting for the queue.


Visit Lending Services for more information


According to an agreement between libraries at higher education institutions in South Africa, postgraduate students and academics can apply for library membership from these institutions. The reasons for that membership could be:

          Library near place of residence;

         Library, which provide resources not available at the UJ Library;



Only UJ staff, Academics & Postgraduate studtents can request this membership!


Some of the Libraries you can apply for membership are:

– UNISA, University of Pretoria, WITs University, University of Limpopo, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University, North West University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Free State, etc.


Steps in applying for access to other University Libraries:


1.        Complete the Letter of Introduction form to apply for membership to other library.

2.       Only 2 libraries can be selected.

3.       Submit the completed form to your subject librarian (by fax or in person) accompanied by prove of registration.

4.       Specify if you would like the Letter to be collected, posted or faxed. You will be contacted once the Letter of Introduction has been processed.

5.       Please ensure that you don’t have overdue books or unpaid funds.

6.       Allow one-two day for administration.

7.       Hand this letter of Introduction in at the library with which you would like to apply.

8.       Please adhere to all the rules and regulations of that library.



Access to the UJ Library is provided to clients affiliated to the University:

  • Staff (temporary & permanent)
  • Students
  • Prospective M & D students (access only to the Campus,where registered)
  • Alumni members and
  • Honorary members.

All these members gain access to the library by using a valid university card.


Approval of membership:

Requests for free membership will be approved by the Head of the LIC. Please copmlete the UJ Library Membership form.

Corporate membership – approved by the Team Leader: Lending.

Membership approved by lending staff:

·         Staff / students, students of other S A  Higher Education institutions

·         Alumni

·         External clients.


Staff and Students

Staff and students have access to all campus libraries. Membership is valid for the duration of their affiliation with the university.


Prospective Postgraduate students

Postgraduate students doing their proposals, and who need to have access to library resources, can register at the library.

Pleasecomplete the UJ Library Membership form.

A letter of recommendation by the lecturer must accompany this application.

The membership is valid for a calender year.


Visiting Lecturers/Professors:

Visiting lecturers can apply for special membership of the library. Please, ask for Membership form at the Lending desk at your campus.


Students and staff from foreign universities:

Visiting lecturers and students from foreign universities may obtain membership on presenting a letter of introduction from the relevant academic department at UJHB.

Membership will be restricted to the campus library where registered.


Alumni members

Alumni members membership is to all UJ campus libraries, upon payment of membership fee at the Library.

Membership will be valid for a year.

Membership can be renewed upon  payment of a fee.


Honorary membership (including Friends of the Library and donors) may be bestowed at the discretion of the Library Directorate. Retired faculty staff and council members of the University qualify for free honorary membership.


Former employees obtain membership upon payment of external membership fee.


Day visitors:

Day visitors are allowed access on payment of a daily fee.

The amount to be paid in full regardless of the duration of the visit.

The fee is subject to annual revision.

Once payment is received  – the visitor will be issued with temp access card.


Students/staff from other South African higher education institutions:


They are admitted according to the CHELSA  & GAELIC agreements (Letter of introduction).

Members must purchase a university card at the fee determined by the University. Access is to the registered library only.

Membership is valid until the end of the current academic year.


If you are experiencing problem with login access to the electronic resources or you need any information concerning borrowing & returning books, please contact the Lending Desk staff at your campus library.