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Keeping up with new research

Resources and strategies to help you to stay updated with new research more easily.

What is a citation alert?

A citation alert automatically notifies you when a publication (e.g. journal article) you selected has been cited by a new publication that has been recently added to that database or data source.

There are two kinds of citation alerts in research databases:

  • Document citation alerts notify you when recently added documents cite a specific article 
  • Author citation alerts notify you when any item published by an author is cited in another document 

Setting up citation alerts in Google Scholar

Document citation

  • Search for the citation on Google Scholar

  • Underneath the citation, click the "Cited by #" link to view all the documents that cite that publication

  • On the left-hand side, click " Create alert"

  • Edit your alert preferences and enter your email address to set the alert

Author citation

  • Search for your own or another author's Google Scholar author profile

  • On the top right-hand side, select "Follow" one of two options:
    • "New citations by this author" to receive alerts when new citations to your own or another author's publications are indexed in Google Scholar
    • "New articles by this author" to receive alerts when new publications are added to your own profile or another author's profile by Google Scholar

  • Enter your email address to create the alert


Setting up citation alerts in Scopus

Scopus is a large multidisciplinary database that offers a citation alert option. To receive citation alerts:

  • Register for an Elsevier account
  • Search for a document or the author
  • Edit the alert settings and enter your email address

Access the A-Z database list on the library homepage and locate Scopus under the letter "S".


Scopus Support Centre- Creating alerts: