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Many journal and other academic publishers provide alerting services for their publications. Most publishers provide this service for free (so a library subscription to their publications is not needed), though registration is typically required. As is often the case, you can receive alerts to publications to which the library does not have a subscription, or for which we receive access from another source.

  • ACM

    You can receive table of contents alerts for journals and other publications from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). You will need to create an account before signing up for alerts.

  • American Chemical Society

    ACS Publications offers four types of alerts: Search Alerts: emailed daily or weekly when new content matches your search criteria, ASAPSM Alerts: daily or weekly email alerts when individual articles from the journal(s) you have selected, are released on the web, Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts: email alerts with the table of contents for specific issues on the day the complete issue is posted to the web, and Citation Alerts: email alerts when new content in ACS cites a specified article or chapter.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers journals

    The American Society of Civil Engineers publishes a number of journals for which you can receive table of contents alerts. Simply enter your email address, select one or more journals from the list, and choose the format of the email you wish to receive. You'll be sent a confirmation email; follow the directions supplied to complete the process.

  • Cambridge Journals Online

    You can receive search alerts, table of content alerts and citation alerts from journals published by Cambridge University Press. You will need to create an account before setting up alerts. On any Cambridge page, look for the Register Now in the left navigation menu to create an account.

  • Emerald

    Emerald, a trading name of MCB University Press Ltd, publishes about 150 journals in management, library and information services, engineering, and applied science and technology. You must register and create a profile to receive alerts.

  • IEEE Xplore

      IEEE Xplore Digital Library offers table of contents alerts. You will need to create and login to an account before setting up alerts.

  • Informaworld

    Register with Informaworld to receive alerts from Taylor & Francis Group publications. Alert options include 

    • New Issue Alerts - tells you when new issues of your chosen journals are available
    • Citation Alerts - tells you when your chosen pieces of content are cited by other new content
    • Search Alerts - tells you when new content matching your saved search expression is available
  • MIT Press

    MIT Press offers table of content alerts for their journals. You will need to register to set up alerts.

  • Sage

    Register for Sage's Email Alert service that allows you to receive via email the table of contents, call for papers information, special issue announcements, and other product information for any Sage Publications, Sage Science Press, or Corwin Press journal approximately four to six weeks prior to publication. You can receive Table of Content alerts when a new issue is published, an alert when new content matching a saved search is added to the database, and an alert when a preselected article is cited by another article in the database.

  • ScienceDirect

    ScienceDirect is a database from Elsevier Science that provides abstract and full-text access to over 2500 journals from several publishers. Nearly 4 million full-text articles from 1995 to present covering a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines are available. While the focus clearly is on science, technology, and medicine, there are many humanities and social sciences journals covered as well, so the name is a little misleading. You can create search alerts (new matches to your search criteria), journal issue alerts (table of contents of new issues), and citation alerts (when an article you select is cited by new articles added to the ScienceDirect database).

  • Springer

    Sign up for SpringerLink Alert service that covers over 2100 journals in a wide variety of disciplines.

  • Wiley

    Wiley InterScience offers two types of alerts: saved search alerts that send new citations that match search criteria and table of content alerts that are emailed whenever a new volume or issue is added to the Wiley database.

After you have received an alert...

You can encounter two issues in received alerts:

Inability to access the item off campus

Make sure you are either connected to the VPN or through Off Campus Sign In.For the VPN, be sure to select the option to send all traffic through the VPN. Emailed links rarely include access through Off Campus Sign In,. but you can install the LibX browser extension, then either right-click the link in your browser and choose to follow the link via Off Campus Sign In, or go to the link, then right-click the page and reload it through Off Campus Sign In.

Inability to access the item through the publisher's site

You may be alerted to a new publication through a publisher's site, but we have access through a different source. If you cannot access the item even using Off Campus Sign In or the VPN, search the Journal Title Database to see if the journal issue is available through a different provider. For journal articles not available locally, submit a request through ILLiad.