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Alerts for Academic Use: Publisher Alerts

This guide is an informational tool on setting up notifications that alert individuals to information relevant to their interests.

A Brief Intro to Publisher Alerts

Publisher websites are where articles are first provided, prior to their being sent to database vendors. Publishers often provide information on research articles while they are still "in press" unlike databases which do not often include content until after it is officially published, sometimes for weeks or months after it has been made available on the publisher website.

Publishers also offer the option to sign up for alerts regarding articles in all of their publications and journals without the requirement of a subscription to the journal. The drawback to publisher alerts is that they usually cover a fairly small number of journals while database alerts can cover several thousand journals.

Scholarly journals publish a "feed" containing the Table of Contents (TOC) for their most recent issues. The TOC updates will come up as alerts in the feed each time a new issue is published. This provide a convenient means of staying informed about developments in an academic field.

Publisher Websites

Both email and RSS feeds are available among these Publishers.  Some include the option to join them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter,

  • Alexander Street Press
    Publisher of online collections in the humanities and social sciences including Black/ African American literature, women's history, the performing arts and more. Sign up to receive updates regarding new content through email, RSS feed, or Facebook.
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Mathematical Society
    AMS offers a free email alert service for recently posted articles in AMS electronic journals.
  • American Meteorological Society
    JOIN will notify you by email of new journal postings on a continuing basis. You can also sign up for RSS feeds.
  • American Physical Society
    See the bottom of the home page for ways to "follow the APS" - available via RSS feed, Facebook, LinkedIn, PhysicsFrontlineBlog, and Twitter.
  • American Physical Society Journals
    Both topic and table of contents alerts available for APS journals. Offers RSS feed or email alerting.
  • American Psychological Association
    The largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
  • American Society for Microbiology
    You can sign up to receive tables of contents and citation alerts by email.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers - RSS Feeds
    You can sign up to receive table of contents alerts via RSS feed.
  • Cambridge Journals Online
    Register with CJO and then pick the journals for which you wish to receive alerts via e-mail or RSS
  • Cell Press
    Offers Cell Press news via twitter and email alerts for journals.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
    The Chronicle of Higher Education is one of the best known sources for information, job opportunities, and overall news relevant to the interests of faculty, students, and universities.
  • Crystallography Journals Online - see International Union of Crystallography
  • CSIRO Publishing
    Based out of Australia - covering a wide variety of scientific subject areas. Click on Early Alert, RSS feeds, or Facebook to receive the latest updates.
  • Emerald Publishing (management, library science)
    Covers business, management, materials science, tourism and hospitality, and library science journals. Register to sign up for table of contents alerts, weekly digests for all journal issues published, or saved search alerts via email.
  • Institute of Physics
    User Options allows you to sign up for email alerts and saved searches. All Institute of Physics articles are freely accessible for the first 30 days. Setting up alerts will ensure information on relevant articles is received before this 30 day grace period ends.
  • International Union of Crystallography
    E-mail alerts enables registered users to receive by e-mail a list of the contents of each new issue of any IUCr journal (normally two to three weeks before the printed journal is available).
  • Karger (biomedical sciences)
    RSS feeds provide you with the latest abstracts and tables of contents. The Karger Alert System includes e-article alerts, early book announcements and book release notifications via email.
  • National Academies Press
    Look in right sidebar for links to signup for email updates, RSS feeds, twitter, and Facebook.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
    A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. Registering allows you to receive notifications of new working papers and data releases in areas of interest.
  • Nature Publishing Group - email alerts
    Click on the journal title(s) of interest and look for the link to sign up for email-alerts and RSS Feeds.
  • Oxford University Press Journals
    OUP journals cover a broad range of subject areas. Once registered you can receive free sample issues, flexible email alerts and the option to save favorite articles and searches.
  • Portland Press Limited - email alerts
    Tables of contents by email available from Portland Press. Covers publications of The Biochemical Society - cellular and molecular sciences.
  • Portland Press Limited - RSS feeds
    RSS feed links for publications of The Biochemical Society - cellular and molecular sciences.
  • Routledge - See Taylor & Francis
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
    Register to receive alerts via email or RSS feed.
  • Sage Publications
    Covers a wide variety of subject areas. Look in right sidebar and scroll down to "email alerts." Alerts are available for new book announcements, tables of contents and special offers relating to your areas of interest.
  • SPIE
    Visit individual SPIE journal web pages to see what alerts are available - varies by title. SPIE Newsroom offers email and RSS feed updates.
  • Springer (science, technology, and medicine)
    SpringerAlerts keep you up-to-date with recently published Springer books and journals. As an alerts subscriber, you will receive news about upcoming books, journal tables of contents and special offers.
  • Taylor & Francis
    Taylor & Francis group covers a variety of subjects through many publishers it is home to. These publishers include Psychology Press, Routeledge, Garland Science, Focal Press, and CRC Press,
  • University of Chicago Press
    UCP publishes a wide variety of academic titles, including The Chicago Manual of Style. UCP will send you an email message listing recently released books in the subject areas you select when you subscribe. You can also sign up to receive RSS feeds.
  • University of Chicago Press Journals
    You can sign up for RSS feeds or table of contents alerts.
  • Wiley
    You can sign up to receive RSS feeds about new titles.
  • Wiley Interscience
    Traditionally strong in the sciences; however, also covers a wide range of business, social sciences, and humanities subject areas. Register via My Profile. Offers citation tracking, saved searches and journal ToC alerts.

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