Many scholarly journals publish a feed that contains the Table of Contents (TOC) for the most recent issue of the journal. TOC alerts update the feed each time a new issue of a journal is published. TOC alerts provide a convenient way to stay informed about current developments in an academic field. Typically, publishers provide these TOC alerts. When the entire contents of a new, complete issue is posted on the Web, you will be immediately alerted of the Table of Contents – much faster than the articles appear in indexes such as Web of Science, PubMed, Scopus, etc.!
Every journal is different, and the University Library maintains a page of auto-alert instructions listed by search interface and publishers. For each publisher, we also included a link to the list of e-journals by that publisher available to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign users.