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Google Scholar has the ‘Email Alert’ Feature

May 10, 2010

Google Scholar, in beta since 2004, has added (noticed over the weekend) an ‘email alerting’ feature on its search results page (with an envelope icon). Google scholar alerts also help to improve the precision of search results, for example [organic solar cells] can be changed to [organic intitle:”soalr cells”]).

Multiple queries can be built for the alerts, which notify you for any new papers that may appear for the given query. You can use it:

  • For normal queries, getting notifications for queries such as [author:lastname] or [intitle:titleword], or by any other query on Google Scholar
  • For citation queries, getting information about new papers that cite a given paper. For that, you need to first go to the “Cited by X” page, and then click the alert icon. This puts citation alerting services such as Citation-Tracker out of business.

What next in Google Scholar then … RSS feeds, Virtual Journals…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ding Li permalink
    May 12, 2010 11:51 am

    Google’s tool is not perfect, but it offers instant search for scholar publication. Ironically, I began to use the service more once I discovered the “competitor”.

  2. Aravind Akella permalink
    May 14, 2010 12:38 pm

    Perfect or not the Google tools are widely popular, see my earlier post . Yes; I use it too to track citations to my decades old publications (kind of time-wasting thing but boosts the ego when you see even one additional citation).

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