For any given journal, there are multiple ways to subscribe to the table of contents; the most common are from the publisher or from a database. There are advantages and disadvantages to every RSS source. When choosing, consider the following factors:
Depending upon your needs, some compromises will be easier than others.
Table of contents of the Journal of Educational Psychology.
Want to get started with RSS? Import this file into the RSS reader of your choice and you will be subscribed to a number of journals in one step. You can easily delete any journals that are not relevant to your research.
Here's how you can set up your custom PubMed RSS Feeds:
Conduct a search in PubMed (can be any search, simple or advanced).
No need to select records -- simply click on the Send to drop-down and select RSS Feed.
In the new screen, you can limit the number of records you want to receive each time you invoke the feed (default is 15).
Name your feed.
Click the Create Feed button.
In the new screen you'll see an XML icon. Right mouse-click and select copy shortcut to copy the custom-feed URL.
Paste the feed URL into your favorite feed reader.
Note: Be sure to add the feed to an aggregator within one week of its creation. A one-step alert will not expire unless the aggregator does not automatically update results (extremely unlikely) supplied by the feed for two months.
From the Result List or Search History Screen, click the RSS alert icon, or the Create alert for this search link.
A pop-up screen displays with the search alert information. Copy the Syndication Feed URL into your newsreader.
You may also set up one-step journal alerts right from the Publications Browse Screen.
Click the Publications link on the sub-toolbar. Once you have found the desired publication, click the RSS alert icon to the left of the publication name.
A pop-up screen displays with the journal alert information. Copy the Syndication Feed URL into your newsreader.
Web of Science (Social Sciences Citation Index) is the trickiest databse to create an RSS alert; you must also create a personal account with Web of Science to take advantage of this feature.
Use email alerts / RSS feeds to keep up-to-date on the research in a particular area, keep track of your colleagues’ research, or to receive the table of contents of selected publications. Usually one uses the "Search” mode to create in the search for which they want to have auto-alerts or RSS feeds created.