Journal Alerts

Journal Alerts

Because the tables of contents (TOCs) of many of our journals are available online, Hunter College library has revised the policy regarding the Current Journals Alert Service. Instead of photocopying TOCs for most titles, we will help you to set up your own electronic alerts (eTOCs) or RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication), if they are available (not all journals have eTOCs or RSS feeds). For journals which do not have electronic alerts, we will continue providing hard copies of tables of contents of the most recent journal issues

For hard copies of table of contents pages or additional questions, please contact

Hunter Main Library
Lisa Finder,, 212-772-4186

Health Professions Library
Prof. Laura Cobus,, 212-481-5117

Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library
Ms. Tatiana Manvelidze,, 212-452-7076

Important: you can set up eTOCs and RSS feeds for journals to which Hunter does not subscribe, the difference will be that you will not have links to the full texts of articles. You can read more about RSS feeds here.

The best way to find out which database/journal provider you need to set these up in is to check Hunter’s electronic journal list for the titles you are interested in.

Reasons to set up electronic alerts or RSS Feeds:

  • E-alerts and RSS feeds arrive much more quickly than do photocopied TOCs because content is usually added online before the printed issue is available. (And you don’t have to wait for interoffice mail!)
  • You can access e-alerts and RSS feeds from home, work or wherever you have Internet access.
  • E-alerts and RSS feeds frequently link to the full text of articles listed in the table of contents.

Instructions for setting up electronic alerts in various databases

Academic Search Premier
EBSCOhost databases allow you to create an automatic email alert notification every time a new issue for a selected title is available in a specific database. The email notice will contain a list of articles available for that specific journal issue. To set up a journal alert in EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier:

  1. Go to the library website: Click on “Databases” on the purple sidebar. The first database you will see is “EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier”.
  2. After you enter the database, the first step will be to set up an account with EBSCOhost if you do not already have one. Click on the “Sign in to My EBSCOhost” link in the upper left hand corner of the screen. If you have not already used this feature, click on the “I’m a new user” link to create a profile. You will be asked to choose a user name and password.
  3. Setting up the journal alert is easy. Click on the publications button at the top of the screen, and then click on the journal title for which you would like to have an alert. This should bring up an overview screen of this publication. Click on the journal alert link in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This will bring up the “Journal Alert” screen which allows you to determine how long you would like the journal alert to run: One year, one month, two months or six months. Note that one year is the maximum time to run an alert; after that time, if you still want the alert, you will have to set it up again. Select whether you would like the alert to include a link to the table of contents or a link to the articles. If you are creating more than one journal alert, you may want to change the default subject line. Enter your email address(es)—you can add AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, or any other addresses that you check frequently; then click on “save” to return to the publication screen. You may edit journal alerts at any time by logging into this database, and clicking on “My Folder”.

American Chemical Society
Go to the ACS website On the left side bar click on the link “E-mail alerts and RSS Feeds” next to the orange icon. Here you will find detailed information about signing up for alerts and RSS feeds.

Cambridge Journals
Click here for their list of journal titles
. Click on the orange RSS Feed icon for detailed instructions about setting this up.

EBSCOhost EJS is a subscription service which provides free online full text access to many of our print journals. To sign up for EJS alerts, go to and click on the “sign me up” link in the upper right hand corner. This will take you to the screen to sign up for My EJS. Enter your e-mail address and choose a password, then click on the “sign me up” tab. Click on the “find journals” link and enter the title of the journal for which you would like to set up an alert. Then click on the title of the journal and look for the blue “create alert” tab. Enter your e-mail address and be sure to check off “include table of contents.”

Project Muse
Project Muse uses RSS feeds for their alerts. For this you will need an RSS reader such as Bloglines Find the journal on this list on the Project Muse website
. Once you are on the journal home page, click Subscribe to RSS Feeds. Then you can copy the XML URL into your RSS reader.

In this database, you can search and save searches as alerts which will be delivered to your e-mail box at your choice of frequency. Go to the ScienceDirect website
, click on “register,” which is in red and bolded. Fill in the requested information and click on “Done.” The next step is to go back to the homepage ( and log in with your user name and password. Then put in the title of the journal in the “Search for a Title” box. When the journal title comes up, check off the box on the right side that is labeled “Alert me when new Journal Issues are available.” Then click on “Submit.” You can also search any terms in ScienceDirect within a particular journal or within the whole database, and you can save that search as an alert so that the abstracts of articles that match the search terms will be sent to your e-mail box as they become available in ScienceDirect.

In ScienceDirect you can also receive alerts if you would like to be notified whenever a particular article within the database is cited by another author. Again, you must be logged into ScienceDirect. Next, do a search so that you bring up the full text of the article. To set up a citation alert, you must click on the html version of the article, i.e. “full text and links.” On the right side, under “Actions,” you will see the link “Save as Citation Alert.” This link will take you to the citation alert form where you can name the alert, verify your e-mail address, and determine the frequency of the alert (weekly or monthly).

University of Chicago Press
You can find a list of their journals here: Go to the home page of the journal you’re interested in and then click on the link Subscribe to RSS Feeds. Here you will find detailed instructions for setting up an RSS feed for TOCs of the journal.