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October 18, 2007

In a previous post on 25th Sept, I asked for anyone who was interested in ticTOCs' draft recommendations for good practice for the production and provision of TOC RSS Feeds, to get in touch.  This is a second request.

The sort of things that publishers are currently doing is detailed below.  There's some basic non-standardised effort going on, which obviously has an effect on iteroperability. And there's lots of more complicated aspects as well. The publishers would almost certainly welcome advice and recommendations from a third party such as ticTOCs.  If this sort of thing is of interest to you, please get in touch with me.

For example, here is how different publishers have treated the <title> field: 

<title>Nature</title>
<title>BMJ Current Issue</title>
<title>Journal of Geophysics and Engineering latest papers</title>
<title>SpringerLink – Journal</title>
<title>Blackwell Synergy International Journal of Cosmetic Science: Table of Contents</title>
<title>NATURE-LONDON-</title> [Zetoc feed] 

Similar inconsistencies occur with the treatment of authors (sometimes in the <dc:creator> and sometimes in the <description> field): 

[multiple authors - IOP]
<dc:creator>Luciano Telesca</dc:creator>
<dc:creator>Antonio Lanorte</dc:creator>
<dc:creator>Rosa Lasaponara</dc:creator> 

[multiple authors - Biomed Central]
<dc:creator>Alexandra Devine, Michelle Kermode, and Helen Herman</dc:creator>  

[multiple authors – Elsevier]
<description>Dostal, M. , Roberts, J.B. , Holmes, R.</description>


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