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Keeping Current: Search Alerts & Journal Alerts: Alerts

A guide to setting up search alerts for new articles on a topic or journal alerts to be notified when a new issue of a journal is available in a database.

Getting Started

Welcome! This guide will help you create topic search alerts and journal/author/citation alerts in some popular database platforms.

Why Use Search Alerts?

Search Alert notifies you of new articles that match a search you have saved. This can alert you to new articles in a given subject area, by a certain author, or containing specific keywords.  You will create a search strategy in the selected database and then set up an email alert to be notified about new articles related to your search strategy.

Researchers often have some favorite journals that are relevant to their research interests and will want to be alerted when new issues of a particular journal are published. Creating a journal alert allows you to be notified when the latest issue of a journal is available in the database and receive electronic tables of contents. You can also be alerted when and where a particular article has been cited (your own or another's work).


JournalTOCs is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs): 31,000+ journals including  selected 15,000+ Open Access journals and  110,00+ Hybrid journals, from over 3300 publishers. JournalTOCs is for researchers, students, librarians and anyone looking for the latest scholarly articles. JournalTOCs alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published. Create a free account to receive Email Alerts when new issues are published in the journals you wish to follow.