Alerts helps you stay up-to-date with current research relevant to your topic. You can set them to notify you by e-mail or RSS feed when new articles are added matching the key terms you have specified.
Alerting services in databases can help you save searches for later reuse. The alert automatically searches the database for the latest records matching your saved searches. The database then sends you updated results for the search by e-mail or RSS feed.
Different databases follows different procedures for setting up search alerts, but the general principles are similar. Alerts are usually set up from a database Search History or equivalent after the user has signed in using their profile/account details.
Conduct a search using relevant search term/s and limits
Save the search as an alert. You will be prompted to sign-in or register (see box above)
Name the alert and select alert option (e.g. email alert)
Choose alert notification frequency (e.g. receive weekly or monthly alerts)
Most database platforms provides helpful step-by-step tutorials or instructions for saving searches and setting up search alerts.
A citation alert notifies you by email whenever a publication (e.g. journal article) you have chosen has been cited by a new publication that has been added to the database.
Although different databases will have different procedures for setting search alerts, the general principles are same. You must:
Most database providers provides step-by-step instructions for saving searches and setting up search alerts.
Table of Contents Alerts generates automatic notifications to let users know that a journal has published a new issue.
Stay up to date with journals of interest with Table of Contents Alerts (TOC) in your email client or by using RSS feeds.
Some tools provide easier to manage and more time-saving features (such as offering comprehensive cover for most of the scholarly journals that you may have targeted or allowing you to collect the listing of new issues and articles in one central place).
It is worth investing time first to compare which route to a specific journal's current awareness information is most optimal to your needs and workflows.
These services and features offer comprehensive scholarly coverage. Check that the journal that you'd like to follow is covered by any one of these applications.
Current Contents Connect provides complete tables of content and bibliographic information from the world’s leading scholarly journals and books.
Steps to set up journal alerts in Current Contents Connect (Clarivate Analytics, previously Thomson Reuters and also ISI)
Access Current Contents Connect via the A-Z eJournals and Databases link -
From the ‘Sign in’ button at the top of the page ‘sign in’ (if you have a Clarivate Analytics, previously ISI, account) – if not ‘Register’ first to create one
Below that, from the ‘My tools’ button, select ‘Saved Searches & Alerts’ - click to see image
Click on ‘Journal Alerts’ in the centre of the three tabs
Click ‘Add Journals’ to the top right of the page
‘Find’ a journal based on the first words of the exact journal title, e.g. ‘educational researcher’
Tick ‘Display on home page’ and tick ‘Send me Table of Contents E-mail Alert’
Click ‘Submit selections’
The email address registered in you Clarivate Analytics account(profile) will be the send-to address
Optionally you can create a RSS feed. That will only work in a program such as Outlook or Zotero once you have deleted the following string from the RSS URL: - ‘.ezp.lib.unimelb.edu.au’
JournalTOCs is a Current Awareness Service (CAS). You can discover the most current papers coming directly from the publishers as soon as they have been published online. JournalTOCs if for researchers, librarians, students and anyone who's looking for these current international scholarly literature.
It provides the largest searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOC). Article metadata is available for over 31 650 journals from over 3 138 publishers. Special care has been taken to include the highest rated journals in their fields.
A single 'one-stop-shop' interface is provided to all these journals. With the free version of the service you could get updates for a maximum of 20 journals.
JournalTOCs is a spin-out of the JournalTOCs-API Project, funded by the JISC Rapid Innovation Grants in 2009, based at the School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.
Stay up-to-date with JournalTOCs developments at
An account allow you to get
A journal RSS feed is a file that publishers put on their website. Normally, it contains the abstracts of the articles published in the most recent issue of the journal.
A journal RSS feed is written using the DC, PRISM and CC standard metadata formats that have been widely adopted across the scholarly publishing industry. The publisher automatically updates the content of the RSS feed when the journal publishes a new issue with added articles.
RSS readers and services such as Journal TOCs use journal RSS feeds to automatically collect the new articles from different journals in one place, eliminating the need to check each publisher's website for updates.
Further information about this can be found here:
You are now well prepared to start setting up your RSS feeds in Zotero.
Further detailed information is provided at http://www.zotero.org/support/feeds
Connect the feeds for the journals you are following in JournalTOCs with these easy steps.