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The largest, free table of contents service, with over 32,200 journal titles, including over 15,000 open access titles. Save searches, and opt to have updates delivered via RSS feeds or by email. JournalTOCs is available to anyone.
Many databases listed in the Browse databases lists allow you to set up email alerts to notify you when new articles (or other materials) are added.
You can usually configure alerts to select new articles by subject, author and keyword matches.
Popular databases that feature an alerting service include Scopus, Medline, Psycinfo, and a number of law databases.