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Q. How do I set up email alerts for journal articles?

Answered By: Paul Gardner
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2021     Views: 152

The easiest way to set up email alerts for new content published in journals that you're interested in is to do so via PubMed. Be sure to access PubMed from the Library's website, where it is listed under Popular Resources on the homepage.

From the PubMed homepage, select Advanced Search.

As shown below, select Journal from the search field drop-down menu and begin typing the name of a journal you're interested in. Select the name of the journal from the auto-complete menu to ensure the correct form of the title.

Then, be sure to change the Boolean operator to OR as shown below before adding other journal titles. This will ensure that you receive alerts for articles published in all of the journals you select.

Once you've entered all of the journals you're interested in, click Search. On the Search results page, click Create Alert.

You will be asked to sign into NCBI in order to create email alerts. Choose OHSU from the institution menu and enter your OHSU username and password. You will then be able to edit your alerts, including name, frequency, specific search terms, and format.

A video tutorial of this process is also available here.

An alternative method is to set up email alerts directly from an online journal vendor's website. To do so, first search for the journal in the Library's catalog, click on Online Access Options in the journal record, and then select the vendor that provides access to the journal, as shown below. 

Be aware that each vendor may have a different process for setting up email alerts. For example, the JAMA Network has a link to Email Alerts under Services at the bottom of its homepage (shown below). You may also have to set up an account with each vendor.

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