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.
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.
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.
Register with Informaworld to receive alerts from Taylor & Francis Group publications. Alert options include
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 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).
Once you are 'alerted' to the existence of a journal issue or article, search the Journal Title Database to see if the journal issue is available online or physically in the library. For journal articles not owned locally or available electronically, submit a request through ILLiad.