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Current awareness and keeping up to date

Alerting services, also known as current awareness services or auto alerts, help users keep up to date with the latest developments in their field by notifying them when new information becomes available.

    Subscribing to alerts

    Journal alerts

    You can subscribe to services such as ZETOC or JournalTOCs to be sent a table of contents of new issues of journals you're interested in.

    Database alerts

    You can set up search alerts from many databases, such as Web of Science, OvidSP (for Medline, PsycInfo etc), CSA (ESPM, Sociological Abstracts) or Engineering Village (Compendex, Inspec) so that you are alerted by email whenever new articles matching your research interests are published.

    Browse databases for your subject.

    Web alerts

    Services such as ChangeDetection.com notify you when a change is made to a webpage you have registered interested in. Search-engine alerts like Google Alerts tell you about sites matching your interests that you may not know about.

    Connecting with other researchers

    Piirus: Set up a short profile and connect with other researchers with similar interests

    Academia: A platform for academics to share and track the impact of their research. allows you to see "analytics" for any papers you have written which are linked to your personal profile. You can find out what search terms people are using to get to your work, and which countries your readers are located in.

    ResearchGate: A platform allowing researchers to collaborate online

    Mendeley: As well as providing a free referencing management software, Mendeley allows researchers to share and discuss research

    LinkedIn: One of the largest online professional networks, connecting professionals worldwide

    ImpactStory allows you to create your own personal profile and link it to your research outputs online. It will then display appropriate impact metrics for each output, which might include tweets, Facebook posts, figshare downloads, Mendeley readers, PubMed citations or Slideshare views. ImpactStory also allows you to see an overview of the impact of all your research outputs combined.

    Other ways to keep up to date

    JISCMAIL discussion lists: Subject-specific email discussion lists are used for sharing ideas, engaging in discussion, and to announce events and new developments.

    Conference alerts: Automatically receive email notification of new conferences in your subject field. This service lets you specify preferred destination and date.

    Research funding alerts: Research is a searchable database of funding opportunities and research news. It incorporates an email alerting service which you can customise.

    Patent alerts: This email alerting service can notify you of new patents in the fields of your choice.