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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.

To create alerts, you must first register for an ACS account. Once your account is active and you are properly logged in, you can begin creating alerts.

To create a search alert, perform a search from the ACS homepage. On the search results screen, scroll down to the bottom of the Your Search section to the left of the search result citations to the Save This Search box. Name your search and choose a frequency for the search to run, then use the Finalize button.

To create a Table of Contents alert, use the E-Mail Alerts link under the My Profile menu on the left of the screen. Select one or more journals from the list. If you choose an Alert Frequency, you will receive emails whenever a new article from the selected journal(s) is added to the database, in addition to the regular Table of Contents email. Finally, select the format of the alert email and use the Save Preferences button.

To create a citation alert, search or browse for an article of interest. Click through the article title to see the full record for that article, including article citation information, abstract, etc. Use the Citation Alerts link in the Tools menu on the right side of the page.

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.