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Introduction to IBM Journals RSS

A better way to be notified of the latest issues of the IBM Journals

We'd like to let you know about an open technology called RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) that we're employing to notify our readers when a new Journal issue has been published on our Web site. For those of you who are not familiar with RSS—it is a means by which publishers can alert their audience when new content is available. As an RSS subscriber, you can use a Web-based program (such as MyYahoo!) or a desktop program (such as Feedreader) to efficiently view RSS feeds from your favorite publications in one place. Some publications offering RSS feeds include the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, IBM's online Press Room, and just about every blog on the Internet.

The advantages of RSS feeds

The IBM Systems Journal and the IBM Journal of Research and Development each has an RSS feed to which you can subscribe. If you subscribe to the feed, you will be alerted whenever a new topical issue is available. There is no clutter in your inbox, and there is no need to share any of your personal information to sign up. You read the articles only when you wish—and if you subscribe to other RSS feeds, you will enjoy the efficiency that this open technology already delivers to many others who have a need to stay up to date with a wide variety of news sources.


To get started you will need to use either a Web-based RSS feed reader (such as My Yahoo!) or a desktop application (such as Feedreader). Instructions are provided for these two free RSS feed readers as examples. There are many others.

To get started with MyYahoo!, go to and initiate an account.

  • From the MyYahoo! start page, click "Add Content".
  • Click "Add RSS by URL".
  • Cut and paste the URL of the desired RSS feed (examples below) into the blank field, and click "Add". The feed will be verified.
  • Click "Add to MyYahoo!" to finish.
  • The default is to view items in the past 3 days. We recommend you change this setting:
    • Click on the "Edit" button in the RSS Feed box in your My Yahoo! page.
    • Select "Edit Content".
    • Under Display options, change the pull-down in the first line from "the past 3 days" to "any date". Each Journal's feed contains the previous four issues.

To get started with Feedreader, download the free program from

  • Click the "Add new feed" icon.
  • Cut and paste the RSS feed into the blank field, and click "Next". The feed will be verified.
  • Click "Finish".

IBM Journal feeds

To add RSS feeds to your reader, cut and paste the following URLs into your feed reader as described in the directions above.

To learn more about RSS, we recommend PC World's concise RSS FAQ for End Users.

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