You design your research project and then are swept away in collecting data. A few months (maybe even years later!) you come up for some air and realize that you should probably find out what other researchers are doing in your field. You think back to your initial search strategy created, which you likely have forgotten and have to spend significant time recreating it from scratch.
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could just tell you every time new article is published in your field instead of having to search for it yourself?
Alerts can be very quickly set up after you do a search in the database. Many of these alert systems allow you to set certain parameters, such as the frequency of email alerts (e.g. monthly or weekly).
Most databases require that you first set up a free account – most of which require a valid email address. If you are interested in setting up an alert, please sign up for the account and login before you do your search as in some databases search results will be lost if you login after the search.
Please refer to our Creating email alerts research guide for instructions on how to create alerts in Ovid Medline, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science.