Keep up to date with publishing in your research field with Table of Contents (ToC), Saved Search Alerts and RSS Feeds.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds are an easy and efficient way of staying informed about new content on a website. Types of content that can have RSS feeds are news items, publications, media releases, alerts and blogs.
To read RSS feeds you will need a feed-reader (or aggregator) . Some are programs you download and install on your computer; others are web-based services such as Google Reader Alternative and Bloglines which are both free applications. Free web-based readers let you check RSS feeds from any computer, whereas downloadable applications (e.g. Newz Crawler, FeedDemon) let you store them on your own computer. You can also use the RSS reader built into browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox or use Microsoft Outlook to receive RSS feeds. IMPORTANT: RSS feeds urls from subscription databases may need the deletion of exproxy information for Google Reader to work (ie delete ezproxy2.library.usyd.au from the url)
Podcasting is an advanced use of the RSS format that allows the delivery of audio content (usually MP3 files) or video content instead of updates to a website.
It is possible to set up an alert so that when a new issue of a journal is published you will receive an email or an updated RSS feed. Sign up to receive the tables of contents of your favorite journals.
Individual Journal Table of Contents: To set up alerts for your favorite journal, go to the online edition and follow the directions provided under headings such as "alerts" or "eMail table of contents." You can find eJournals by looking up the title in the Library Catalogue
OvidSP's eTOC feature sends an email alert whenever the table of contents for a journal is updated. You may sign up to receive an eTOC alert for any journal in the eTOC Subscriptions list
PubMed's MyNCBI: PubMed's MyNCBI feature can be used to set up email alerts for articles in your favorite journals indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE. See a 4-minute demonstration video. The email alert received will contain a link to PubMed search results.
ticTOCS Journal Tables of Contents Service: ticTOCs is a free service where researchers, academics and anyone else can keep up-to-date with scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs). ticTOCs allows you to view, export to feed readers like Google Reader, or save to MyTOCS.
Web of Knowledge, including Current Contents Connect, Journal Table of Contents (TOCS) Alerts - To create or manage ToC Alerts register or login at Web of Knowledge and click My Journal List. See more about the My Journal List feature, including how to create and maintain a list of journals that you frequently read and how to use this list to create and maintain Table of Contents eMail alerts.
Journal publishers will also usually offer Table of Contents services via email or RSS from their webpages. See Alerting Services for instructions and links.