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Creating an Alert - Tracking New Articles and Books in your field

Search alerts are a time saver! You do not need to perform the same search again and again to determine if any new articles have been published on your topic. Instead, articles matching your search parameters will be sent to you.

Search alerts are useful for:

  •         long-term research projects or dissertations
  •         monitoring the literature in a field
  •         keeping up with key researchers/ authors

The first step in creating a search alert is to create a search that returns results similar to what you'd like to receive alerts for.

On the page that displays your results list, most databases provide a link to create an alert.

To create an alert in PsycINFO:


Creating Journal Alerts

In addition to creating alerts for articles or other items on a topic, another option is to create a journal alert. This is particularly useful if you have one or more favorite journals that are relevant to your research interests and want to be alerted as new issues are published. There a few ways this can be done:

Alerts for full text journals

To confirm that a journal is available through TCSPP University Library, use the "Journals" search in OneSearch, and then select the database where that journal is currently available full text.


Using One Search, the link for the "Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis" take you to the Journal Page. From there you can set up an alert:


Table of Contents Alerts

Most journals provide alert services to keep you up to date with their content. Traditionally these have been called ToC alerts and will send you the table of contents each time a new issue of a journal is published. This enables you to see what is being published and take steps to view any articles of interest. The alert will not include the full text of articles. The link below for JournalTOC's is an example of an aggregator.

    Journal TOC's
    A free service providing table of contents alerts for over 17,000 journals. Search for publications by ISSN or journal title.

Publisher websites

Publisher websites generally  can provide updates to their table of contents.You can find links to the table of contents RSS feed or e-mail alert on each journal's website. You will likely need to sign-up for an account with the publisher.



Creating Alerts in Google Scholar

Google Scholar indexes the journal articles from all subject areas that publishers have placed on the web.   Which articles are covered depends on how (or if) the publishers have made the articles visible to Google. 

To create an alert in Google Scholar:

1) Type in your keywords to search for articles

2) On the search results page, click on Create Alert on the bottom left hand side of the screen:

Google Scholarscreenshot of left hand menu

3) On the Create alerts page, verify alert search string; select your that you would like the alerts to be sent to; select the number of alerts from the pull down menu (i.e. 10 or 20); and then click Create Alert

4) A verification email is sent to your email. Open the email and click on the link in the verification email from Google Scholar to receive alerts on your search topic.  

5) Google Scholar will begin to periodically email you newly published papers from Google Scholar that match your search criteria

To unsubscribe alerts, click on the link to cancel the alert at the bottom of every notification email

Top-Ranked Journals Related to Applied Behavior Analysis

Click on a journal title below to get access to online issues of the journal.  This is helpful for browsing issues, or if you know a certain issue that you're interested in, or to search within the journal using keywords, author, or other search options.

Top Ranked Journals in Applied Behavior Analysis
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