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Alerting & Current Awareness Services

Introduction | JCU Resources | TOCs | SDIs: Search Alerts | New Releases (Books) | Web Alerting Services


Current awareness services are available to keep you up-to-date with the most recent publications and developments in your field. A number of databases and collections of electronic journals provide an alert feature whereby you can set up a search profile/strategy.

This guide provides links to a variety of automated current awareness services that result, depending on the type of profile or strategy, in table of contents of your chosen journals or a list of individual article citations being e-mailed directly to you. Only brief descriptions of the services are provided. More help is available from your Liaison Librarians or from the help files of the particular service provider.

The Library provides a proxy service called elibrary to provide access to resources from off campus. elibrary will prompt you for your JCU username and password if required and then the resource will display.

Table of Contents (TOC) Services allow you to search or browse the tables of contents of journals for free, and are emailed when new issues are available. Many TOC services do not provide elibrary-enabled links and don't work if you are off campus. Copy the item's address and paste it into the elibrary tool's address field and click 'Test The Link' to see the item.

SDI: Auto Alerting Services allow you to run searches against journal databases and save the search. Results are automatically emailed to you on a regular basis as new journal articles and other resources become available. A number of these services are available via library subscriptions.

Web Alerting Services are also available. They include information on new web sites, newsletters and other updates about topics of interest to you and can subscribed to for email delivery.

JCU Resources

New Library Books - Townsville & Cairns
These are lists of the new books which have been catalogued during the last week. The lists are updated each Friday morning. Each title is also listed with full details in the Library catalogue. You can also subscribe to receive a weekly email of new library books (print and electronic).

Library & Computing News
Keep informed about current library & computing events including new databases, training sessions and subject specific resources available. You can also subscribe to receive a weekly email of library and computing news.


Browzine is an iPad, iPhone and Android app that connects to many JCU ejournals through elibrary. It allows you store your favourites on a 'shelf' and get the latest issue delivered as it becomes available. Tables of contents link to the articles in your journal. Back issues are available. Use it to create your own personal new journals display. It's free.


Table of Contents Services

British Medical Journal Publishing Group
The My Account facility lets you know when has new content.

Cambridge Core
Register to sign up for the free email alerting service which is available by keyword, subject or journals of interest. You can also maintain saved searches and article links.

CSIRO Publishing
Subscribe to their Early Alerts for the latest in journals, books, CD-ROMs and magazines

Creating an Emerald profile allows you to review and edit alerts, saved searches, marked lists and newsletters.

HighWire Press
HighWire Press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, which produces the online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. Sign in for a free account with access to all HighWire customization features including My Email Alerts.

ISI Web of Knowledge
Use the My Journal List Option and "Create My Journals List and TOC Alerts". You will need to register first (free). Then add journals to your list via journal name or subject and select Send me TOC email alert.

Nature Publishing Group Journals
E-mail alerts provide you with a time-saving solution to keep abreast of each new online issue of Nature Publishing Group's publications and online services. An e-mail is sent to your inbox at the time of online publication, allowing you to browse the latest content immediately. Packed with information and links, you can easily view those areas of interest to you.

SAGE Publications
Contents of over 70 social science journals; includes an email Contents Alerting service.

ScienceDirect has a free e-mail alerting service which delivers journal (TOCs) and abstracts for Elsevier journals and book (TOCs) for forthcoming Elsevier books directly to your desktop. It also provides users with direct links to online abstracts and full text articles. You have to register to use this service. RSS feeds are also available from a journal's page.

TOCs for over 700 journal titles covering all academic disciplines. SpringerAlerts is a free notification service which can be used to receive updates about new publications, as well as the latest TOCs from any of Kluwer's Journals.

Springer LINK Alert
Access to TOCs and abstracts from over 200 Springer journals is provided by the LINK service. Register with LINK, and as soon as a new issue is available, you will automatically receive the table of contents by email, including links to the respective abstracts, for which access is free. To use the personalized features of this site, such as Favorites or TOCs Alerting, you should login or register as an individual user. You will still have access to all the publications available through your company or institution.

Wiley Online Library
A multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical
sciences, social science, and the humanities. TOCs can be automatically e-mailed to you as soon as the issue becomes available. This service is free and there is no limit on the number of titles that may be included.

SDI: Search Alerts

HighWire Press
Sign in for a free account to access all HighWire customization features including CiteTrack which will alert you by email whenever new content in their journals is published. You determine which journals should be covered, and the alerts are sent whenever new content matches criteria based on the topics (keywords/subjects of interest), authors (individuals whose work you are following) and articles (when a paper of interest is referenced by another paper or letter) you want to track.

Provides access to over 50 of the leading research databases that have been published by RMIT in association with the database creators. Use the Load History/Manage Alerts link under the View Search History tab to save search histories and schedule them of regular execution or load them as needed yourself.

Set up saved search strategies and be alerted by email whenever new relevant content is added to Ingenta's database of articles.

ISI Web of Science
Search histories can be saved so that you can rerun them later. This process can be used for General Searches, Cited Reference Searches, or Advanced Searches.

Ovid Databases
The Ovid gateway provides access to a number of online services subscribed to by James Cook University such as BIOSIS, Econlit, CINAHL and SPORTDiscus, and also to some full text journals. The AutoAlert (SDI) Service saves your search and runs it automatically whenever the database is updated. Any recently-added documents found by the search are emailed directly to you.

You can use the My Research service to save hypertext links to marked articles, recent searches and visited publications that you want to review later or share with friends and colleagues. These links will let ProQuest users access articles, searches and publications

Provides you with a stored search feature to store and update searches. First you need to register (free) then you can create and store a search (keywords or journal title) to run on a regular basis.

Click on the My alerts tab, after free registration you can save searches, create search alerts, volume/issue alerts and citation alerts as well as create a favourite journal and book series list which you can browse and search.

Wiley Online Library
A multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical
sciences, social science, and the humanities. Register to receive email alerts for saved searches.

New Releases (Books)

Baker & Taylor: Academia Monthly online magazine of academic titles and information

Cambridge e-alerts

Harvard University Press New and forthcoming titles

Web Alerting Services

A number of sites on the web provide alerting services which update you on a regular basis on new content once you have submitted your email address. These services may be general or subject-specific.

Australian Bureau of Statistics: Latest Releases from ABS. As well as an RSS feed they also offer an email notification service.

Education World Mailing Lists

Google Scholar Click on the envelope at the top of the screen after your search.

The Scout Report Highly rated service offering a selection of new web resources of interest to researchers and educators

Ulrichs Periodicals Directory: journals with RSS feeds can also be identified via Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Select the Advanced Search option and under Features, tick "RSS Available" along with your other search terms. Links to the RSS feeds are provided.