JournalTOCs – Gaining ground as one of the most talked about ‘Freebies’ on the net

Helping keep researchers up-to-date with information that matters to them, JournalTOCs – the largest free and searchable collection of academic journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) in the world – is now available for license from Heriot-Watt University.

JournalTOCs Table of Contents Searching Engine for Journals

JournalTOCs Table of Contents Searching Engine for Journals

Academics, researchers and companies face increasing difficulties keeping up to date with cutting edge research; JournalTOCs pulls together a database of TOCs from academic journals and provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ interface to their content allowing subscribers to access the latest research in their fields in a convenient and personalised current awareness service.

JournalTOCs was developed at Heriot-Watt University’s Institute for Computer Based Learning (ICBL) in 2009 with funding from the JISC Rapid Innovation Grants but is now an independent service which, this year alone, has agreed license deals with 8 companies worldwide.

Gary Price, Co-Founder & Editor, Library Journal’s said ‘….JournalTOCS is a powerful alerting tool for use by just about every online researcher. It’s also an excellent example of the work info pros are doing to help organize the web and make it more accessible and useful to everyone. What’s also wonderful is that using JournalTOCS is free’.

Free registration allows users to build a tailored collection of journal titles and receive email alerts when new journal issues are published. Customized versions for institutions allow for more functionality and are available at very economic license rates. This service is especially suitable for research, commercial and institutional libraries, and resource centers worldwide1.

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Enhanced Oil Recovery Video EOR

How can we extract more oil from North Sea Oil Reserves?

With over half of the North Sea’s oil yet to be extracted, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) could have huge impacts for the Scottish economy. By recovering just 1% oil, at today’s prices, that would equate to $28 billion dollars of extra oil recovered.

Listen to 2 of Heriot-Watt universities thought leaders on EOR, Professor Eric Mackay from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering and Professor Mehran Sohrabi from the Centre for Enhance Oil Recovery and CO2 Solutions.

Research activity within the Institute of Petroleum Engineering spans  across the complete spectrum from exploration, through reservoir appraisal and development, to production technology.  The school can provide complete solutions to its industry clients and offers a multifaceted service as shown on the diagram below.

If you are interested in learning more about our consultancy services please contact us and we will work with you to tailor a consultancy programme that meets your requirements please contact Gordon Winton, Business Development Executive at

Recognised internationally as a leading centre of excellence in petroleum engineering and petroleum geosciences teaching, training and research with strong links to industry worldwide.

Recognised internationally as a leading centre of excellence in petroleum engineering and petroleum geosciences teaching, training and research with strong links to industry worldwide.

73k to aid produced water reinjection new tool will tackle industry-wide challenges

LUX Innovate Ltd and Heriot-Watt University have secured £73,000 from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board to test the feasibility of a novel technology for monitoring produced water for reinjection.

LUX is one of 13 small and medium-sized businesses that will share in funding of approx £1 million from the UK’s innovation agency for feasibility studies that aim to accelerate new technologies likely to enhance production and asset reliability within the oil and gas sector.

Heriot Watt and Lux Innovate


Oilfield produced fluids are produced during oil and gas extraction. These fluids can be complex, often containing oil, solids, treatment chemicals and microbes. It is becoming common practise to re-inject this fluid into the well to assist with the recovery of crude oil, although components in the produced fluids can cause problems, for example, by blocking the reservoir.

Current monitoring of the fluid is laborious and complex, requiring skilled personnel. The LUX MOTEYE™ project will work over the next year to develop an easy-to-use tool to analyse the produced water, with Heriot-Watt academics providing data analysis expertise. It is expected that the tool will enable more effective and cost-efficient management of the fluid.

Emma Perfect, Managing Director at LUX Innovate Ltd, said:

“We are delighted to receive Technology Strategy Board funding to develop this tool which will greatly assist in enhanced oil recovery. As over 70% of the world’s oil and gas production comes from fields over 30 years old, approaches such as produced water re-injection are growing in significance for the North Sea and beyond. Working in close collaboration with Heriot-Watt University will be key to this project’s success.”

Professor David Corne, of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, said:

“Heriot-Watt has a significant track record of working with industry across different energy generation technologies. Our team at the Intelligent Systems Lab increasingly works with engineers and the industry in these areas, and we are excited to be involved in this challenging and innovative project to enhance recovery in the oil and gas sector.”

Funding for Heriot-Watt to support further industry collaboration

Heriot-Watt has received £1.18m funding allocated to the University to help to build on the University’s already strong links with business and industry.

The funding, which has been provided by EPSRC under their Impact Acceleration Account programme, is part of a £60m funding package announced made by Business Secretary Vince Cable and designed to help support universities’ best scientists and engineers to deliver greater collaboration with industry, bridge the gap between the lab and the marketplace, and help them become better entrepreneurs.

Impact Acceleration is designed to support the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition, the ‘Valley of death’ between a research idea and developing it to a stage where a company or venture capitalist might be interested. It will also allow universities to fund secondments for scientists and engineers to spend time in a business environment: improving their knowledge and skills and returning to the lab with a better understanding of the way companies operate and the challenges they face.

Alan Miller, Deputy Principal (Research & Knowledge Transfer) at Heriot-Watt, said, “We are delighted to have received this funding which will be used to help support those trying to increase the Impact of their research.

“The funding will be allocated on a competitive basis to tie in with the University’s key strategic aims and builds on our £6.5m working with industry project which has, over the last three years, transfered knowledge and expertise to Scottish businesses, benefited the wider economy and fostered partnerships as well as creating 300 private sector jobs and supporting the development of 17 new companies through the Converge Challenge competition, run by the University.”

Launching the fund, which will provide a total of £60m to 31 universities across the UK, the Business Secretary said, “The UK’s scientists are some of the most innovative and creative people in the world, but they need support to take their best ideas through to market. This could be by establishing a successful, technology-driven SME like Space Syntax which I visited today.

“This investment I’m announcing today will help our leading universities become centres of innovation and entrepreneurship, generating commercial success to fuel growth.”

This investment will help Heriot-Watt to continue to work with industry and develop new technologies, some of which, as in the video below, has a direct impact on on people’s lives.

Heriot-Watt’s Leading Thinking on Energy

Heriot-Watt recently had some great coverage in The Times regarding our work and research in energy.

Our work is often in collaboration with Industry, where we can ensure our research has a direct application and implication to the real world. For example, as discussed in the article, we use our knowledge of solar energy to experiment with radical new ways of building and living in homes, and an effort to allow people to live in a more self-reliant way, and we do this with the help of companies who can use this technology in their own business.

Our expertise in carbon capture and storage, condition monitoring, and the use of fossil fuels are all available to industry wishing to work together in this way.

The article is on page 7 in the June issue of the Times’ Powerof Scotland Supplement. As ever, if you would like to discuss anything with us, get in touch at

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