Alerts are an effective means of keeping track of the latest research. Many databases and journals offer free alert services through emails and RSS feeds. Types of alerts include:
Setting up database email alerts mean that you will be informed when new articles are published that relate to your saved search. This enables you to keep up to date with new developments in your area of research.
Generally, you need to set up a personal login in the database. You can then save a search and set up an alert. Just follow the prompts to set up the alert, specifying how often you wish to have an update, etc.
EBSCO databases (for detailed information see instructions on the help pages).
To save your search as an alert from the Alert/Save/Share link:
Set your alert parameters and click Save Alert.
You can also save a search as an alert from the Search Alert/History window.
Citation Alerts will notify you when a work has been cited by a new publication. See Help pages for the database for further information.
In order to create/access My Cited Articles List, you must sign in or register.
Benefits of creating My Cited Articles List:
My Alerts: You can receive email notices when new documents are loaded on Scopus. From the My Alerts page, you can create alerts, view the latest results for an alert, edit alerts, and delete alerts. There is no limit on the number of alerts you can create.
Document Citation alerts notify you by email when new documents that cite a specific document are loaded on Scopus. To create a citation alert for a document you are viewing, click the Set alert link in the Cited By box.
Author Citation alerts notify you by email when an author or group of matched authors is cited on Scopus. To create an author citation alert at the Author Details page, click the Set alert link in the Citations section.
You can set up an e-mail alert to automatically notify you each time a new issue for a selected journal title is available.
To set up a journal alert in EBSCO:
1. Click the Publications link at the top of the screen.
2. To locate the publication, enter the title in the Browse Publications field and click Browse, or use the A - Z links and left/right arrows to browse through the list of titles.
3. From the journal's Publication Details Screen, click the Alert/Save/Share link, and then click the E-mail Alert link.
4. The Journal Alert window appears, with the Subject and E-mail from address automatically filled in. If you have not already signed into your My EBSCOhost account, do so by clicking the Sign in link.
5. Set your alert parameters and click Save Alert.
For further information, refer to the database Help pages.
A Table of Contents (ToC) service sends you the table of contents each time a new issue of a journal is published. Alerts can usually be set up from the journal website or from databases such as Current Contents in Web of Science suite of databases.