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Plant Sciences: Keeping up with Research

Getting alerts

Although they should not be relied on entirely to keep you up-to-date, alerts serve as useful reminders, and save you having to continually repeat the same search. For a busy scientist they are an absolute necessity. They are usually easy to set up, and can be sent to you in a variety of ways. You often need to amend your search terms after the first few results are delivered, in order to ensure you are being fed exactly what you want [or as near as possible!]

You can get alerts sent to you for a variety of types of new development, for example:

  • Subject alerts [this can include quite complicated combinations of search terms]
  • When a paper of particular interest to you is cited by another one - citation alerts
  • Contents pages of important journals

You can get alerts sent to you from:

  • Major reference databases such as PubMed [via MyNCBI or PubCrawler], Web of Science, Scopus etc
  • Google Scholar [but it is hard to control the precision of the content you are sent]
  • Publishers websites can usually send alerts for contents pages, subject, or author - and you can narrow this down to an individual journal
  • Contents pages services such as Zetoc
  • Major publishers often use Twitter to promote top papers, and you can also often get feeds of suggested or trending papers, as well as on a subject directly requested,  from their websites