A few emails have indicated that some specific clarification on how to create an RSS feed in PubMed for a medical journal that does not offer its own feed would be helpful. Here goes:
We’ll start by paying a visit to our much-beloved PubMed, and clicking on the Limits tab.
Click on Add Journal
Type in the name (or partial name and click to select the name) of the journal you need a feed for. For our example, we’ll use American Heart Journal, which, as has previously been noted, Elsevier does not provide an RSS feed for.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Go
We’re back to the main search page of PubMed now, and we can see that this GUI has formulated a search string.
(Don’t worry about the fact that there are 19,635 results of this search- we’ll limit the number you’ll get via RSS in the feed options.)
Next, go to the Send To drop-down menu and select RSS Feed
On the next screen, choose to Limit items if more than 50. Why 50? Because the July issue had 40 indexed items. Also, give the feed a sensible name, like American Heart Journal, and click the Create Feed button.
All that’s left to do is collect the URL of the feed. You can do this by clicking on the orange XML button and copying the URL from the new tab or window that appears, or you can right-click on the orange XML button and click Copy Link Location (or subscribe to it in the manner prescribed by your aggregator, browser plug-in(s), yadda-yadda-yadda).
That’s it. You now have a feed for the journal. I tested last week to see how much time elapsed between publish date of an issue and the journal’s articles being indexed and searchable via PubMed. It took about a business day.
Questions? Let me know. 🙂