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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scholarly Communications for the Humanities

An introduction to Table of Contents updates, creating RSS feeds, and other strategies for keeping up to date on articles, book reviews, and other forms of scholarly communications in the humanities.

About TOC Alerts

What are TOC Alerts?

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.

The Communications Library also has a list of journals and easy links to TOC alert providers, which can be found here: at the Table of Contents Notification Service.