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Scholarly Communication


Researchers and students are bombarded with information every day. Yet much of it is not relevant to your research area. How can you be sure you haven't missed an important article or journal issue?

Here we introduce a variety of tools and techniques to help keep you abreast of the latest developments in those fields that matter most to you.

Need help getting set up with any of the services mentioned here? Feel free to Ask a Librarian for help!



JournalTOCs is an initiative of the Institute for Computer Based Learning at Heriot-Watt University.

This service can keep you up to date by automatically e-mailing you the table of contents of your favourite journals as soon as they are published. Over 22,500 journals from 1,900 different publishers are covered by JournalTOCs.

Registering for an account is free - you can sign up here. After you have an account set up, refer to our PDF guide for step-by-step instructions on how to set up e-mail alerts for journals of interest to you:

Setting up JournalTOCs e-mail alerts

Search Alerts

Many Library-subscribed databases offer a feature called Search Alerts. This allows you to set up searches for a topic of interest. The database will run the search periodically at an interval that you specify (e.g. every month) and send you the results of the search by e-mail.

This is a great way to stay up to date on all research on a particular topic, including articles published in journals you may not read regularly.

The particular options available for search alerts will depend on the database platform that you are using. Here are links to the search alert help pages for four of our major database platforms:

Web of Science