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Keeping Current with Chemistry: Database alerts (authors, citations, topics, etc.)

This is a guide for NYU students, faculty, and staff to keeping up with chemistry literature and news through email and RSS alerts made available by publishers, databases, news sources, and granting agencies.

Database alerts

These databases provide email and/or RSS alerts for new articles that are written by a particular author, or that cite a particular article, or that include the keywords, compound, structure, or reaction that you have searched. You will usually have to register for a free account with the database in order to create, save, and manage your alerts.

Author alerts notify you when new articles in that database have been written by a particular person (you can track your peers).

Citation alerts notify you when new articles in that database cite an existing article in that database (you can see who is citing you).

Keyword, compound, structure/reaction alerts notify you when these things are mentioned in new articles (you can track very specific topics).

SciFinder Scholar allows "Keep Me Posted" email alerts for authors, topics, substances, structures, reactions, etc.

Reaxys allows you to create email alerts for new mentions of a structure or reaction


Web of Science allows you to set email or RSS alerts for authors, keyword searches, and citations  The "Citation Tracker" in Scopus allows email and RSS alerts for authors, keyword searches, and citations  Google Scholar's "Citations" feature allows email alerts by author, keyword search, or citation
"Keep Me Posted Alert" tutorial from CAS Instructions for "My Alerts" from Reaxys

Instructions to set alerts from UC Berkeley  

Instructions from ISI

Video tutorial from ISI

Instructions to set alerts from Scopus

"Citation tracker" video tutorials from Scopus

Instructions for "My Citations" from Google


Note: If you are off-campus and click through to access specific article results in your email or RSS alert, the fulltext articles won't be available unless you are in a proxied browser session. You can do this by adding a proxy prefix to the URL of the page you are on, or by using the NYU proxy bookmarklet link. More information on options for off-campus access is available here.