Answered By: Katy Webb
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014     Views: 41

Setting up automatic email alerts is one of the best ways to stay informed of current research and publishing trends. Many databases and publishers have an alert feature that automatically emails the table of contents from journals you select, often before they are published in print. Alerts can also be set up for specific keyword searches so that whenever new articles with predetermined keywords appear, you can be notified automatically. Nearly all databases require registration with a username and password. Other instructions vary slightly.

  • Academic Search Complete: Create an account and sign in by clicking the white "Sign In" in the upper left corner. Once you've signed in, click the "Publications" tab on the toolbar. Search for a publication you are interested in and click it. On the right of the journal's page is a link to "Journal Alert".
  • BioMed Central: Once you have registered from the My BioMed Central page, simply select and add the journals from the drop down list that you are interested in. You will receive the Table of Contents from the most recent issues in the body of the email alert.
  • Business Source Complete: Create an account and sign in by clicking the "Sign In" in the upper right corner. Once you've signed in, click the link Publications at the top of the screen, then search for a publication you are interested in. On the left of the journal's page is a link to "Journal Alert". It is an orange RSS icon.
  • Cambridge Journals Online: Once you have registered from the linked page, select the "My content alerts" from the box on the left of the page. Browse the subjects and journal titles, clicking the box of the ones you wish to receive alerts from. You can also save searches from the Advanced Search screen.
  • Emerald Alert: Follow the "click here to register" link and fill out the required fields. Choose to set up Saved Search Alerts, TOC (Table of Contents) Alerts or Weekly Digests.
  • IEEE Alerting: Go to Alerts. Click Create a free account now. Once entered you can set up RSS feeds or email TOC alerts for IEEE journals and magazines
  • Science Direct Alerts: Select the "Register" link near the top of the page and fill out the form. Click the "My Alerts" tab near the top of the page.
  • Springer Journals: Click the icon at the topmost right of the page, which looks like bulleted lines. Choose to Sign up/Login. Enter the required information. Once registered you can browse by topic for Springer journals. Add a feed by clicking on the orange RSS feed icon. Choose to get alerts by Microsoft Outlook and have them sent to your email.

Additionally, if you own an iPad and wish to be kept up to date with most of our journals, you may wish to try BrowZine. Please click here to be taken to an article about BrowZine.

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