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Alerts: keeping up-do-date with scientific literature
helps you to stay up to date in your discipline without repeating searches
pushes the latest relevant information to you in the form of an e-mail with hyperlinks
saves you time with literature searches
Search alerts notify you each time a saved search renders new results
Author citation alerts notify you when a document by one of your selected authors is cited
Document (article) citation alerts notify you when one of your selected document is cited
Journal alerts notify you when a new issue of your favourite journal becomes available
Select a database to create a topic search or a citation alert. Library databases cover a comprehensive list of journals while publisher alerts are limited to a significantly fewer number of journals. Create journal table of content alerts on publishers' sites. Publishers publishes new journal issues before it is indexed in a database.
What is the difference between e-mail alerts and RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds?
Most web sites offer two options to stay up to date in your discipline: receiving updates via e-mail alerts and via RSS feeds.
E-mail alerts are sent to your e-mail box. You can specify how often you wish to receive them i.e. immediately, daily, weekly, etc.