Table of contents (TOC)

Many journals will allow you to sign up for free email alerts of their latest table of contents. Choose only one or two of the main journals in your area to avoid being swamped by lots of emails. An example is Nature

Alerting services and RSS feeds

Alerting services work away in the background and alert you each time an article which matches certain keywords is added or will send you the table of contents of specified journals. They use either email or RSS feeds.

  • Zetoc - The British Library table of contents service will email you with:
    • tables of contents
    • articles which match your keywords
  • JournalTOCs - covers thousands of journal tables of contents. Provides RSS feeds by title, subject or publisher.

Conferences discuss the latest developments in their subject area. Look at the Conferences UK web site.

Discussion lists

These are email forums which allow peer group discussion of the latest issues in your subject area. An example of this is JISCMail. JISCMail hosts hundreds of UK academic mailing lists, you will need to register for these lists using your university email address.

This is the end of our section on keeping up to date.

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