Keeping up to date with current research - setting up alerts
Alerts for the tables of contents of your favourite journals
The quickest and most reliable way to get tables of contents alerts is to visit to the Journal homepage on the publisher's website. Most journals provide alerts in either e-mail or RSS format. However, if you want to set up tables of contents alerts for a long list of journals, these services are recommended:
Alerts for a topic or author
You can set up these alerts in Web of Science Core Collections, Scopus, PubMed and various other databases. If you require any more information about this, you might like to refer to the relevant database guide if available. Databases also include help sections.
Web of Science Core Collections (WoSC): WoSC is a sub-set of Web of Science which covers high impact journals and conference papers in a wide range of subject areas. Alerts may arrive several weeks after the article has been published. Important: it is not possible to set up alerts in any other Web of Science sub-sets. To set up WoSC alerts:
- You need to be registered with Web of Science - you can register via sign in at the top of the screen.
- Connect to Web of Science Core Collections. If you have already within Web of Science but not specifically within its Core Collection, click the arrow next to the 'all databases' option above the search box. Then click the 'Core Collection' option.
- Undertake a topic or author search within WoSC, and then click on the Search History tab.
- Click 'save Search/create alerts and then select/save your alert options.
- Save search/create alert also enables you re-run the same search at a later date/session without having to re-enter your keywords. To re-run, click on the Search History tab, and then Open Saved History (follow the instructions on the screen from there). However, you can save and re-run searches across the whole of Web of Science.
- Web of Science enables you to set up an alert to notify you when a particular article has been cited. You might be interested in using this to find out when someone has cited an article or conference paper that you have written.
Chemical structure/subsctructure alerts
- SciFinder (for research staff and postgraduates only). You can set up alerts to notify you when a journal article or patent contains a particular chemical structure or substructure.
- Search AuthorMapper to identify emerging institutions, authors, publishers, publications and countries in a given topic field. You can also track the development of a topic over a period of time. Please be aware that the results of an AuthorMapper search are purely quantitative and are only based on content published by Springer & BioMed Central.