There are three ways to set up table of contents alerts:
- In a database like Ovid Medline or PubMed
- At a website like JournalTOCs
- At the journal webpage
- Click on the Journal radio button in Advanced search
- Search for the title of the journal e.g. New England Journal of Medicine
- Check the box beside the title you want
- Click Search for Selected Terms
- On the Search History screen, beside the results of your search, mouse over More>>
- Click on Auto Alert
- You will need to create an account or login if you already have an account
- Give the search a name, the journal name and TOC might be appropriate
- You will receive and email when the database is updated and there are new results that fit your search criteria
- Start at http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/index.php
- Click on Sign In (near top, right corner of webpage)
- First time users click on Sign Up
- You will receive an email - follow the instructions to confirm your registration
- Login and check off the journals you want to follow in the Most Followed Journals list or search for the title if it's not in the list
At the journal webpage
- Example: New England Journal of Medicine http://www.nejm.org/
- Click on Create Account (top, right side of screen)
- Complete the registration process
- Once you are logged in, you will see a link called My NEJM
- Mouse over My NEJM and click on My Alerts
- One of the options there will be Weekly Table of Contents
Which method should I use?
Why would you use the database to set up your TOC alerts? You only need to create one account in one place.
Why would you use the journal website? The journal website is likely to be more up to date.
Example: On this date, June 28, 2012, the most current issue in Medline was June 14, 2012 and the most current at nejm.org was June 28, 2012, two issues ahead of Medline.
Each database and each journal website will have slightly different procedures but they will all involve setting up an account that includes your email address.