Current Awareness Options



Beilstein/Gmelin allows users to setup search alerts. An alert is a user-defined search query stored under a specific name on the Crossfire Server. To create an alert, conduct a query as usual, then click on "Create Alert" Tab, which will bring you to a window. You will need to put in a name for this alert and your own email address, choose the database you want to search in, frequency, etc. After you finish editing your profile, click on "Save Profile". You will receive an email when updated search results are available. You can also modify a query or a profile later.

(Note: An alert can run only in one database. When the same alert query should run in different databases, one alert must be created for each database).

Web of Science

ISI allows you to set up a personal account. With your personal account you can save search results and searches and set up alerts for searches, tables of content, and citations (an alerts for each time a specified article is cited). For detailed instruction, see: IUB library Journal & Search Alert for ISI or Web of Knowledge Help.


You can save your search and receive automated email updates of the search results with "My NCBI" account. The step-by-step instruction is outlined in the PubMed Help page.

Another option is to use PubCrawler, which is a free "alerting" service that scans daily updates to the NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.  PubCrawler helps keeping scientists informed of the current contents of Medline and GenBank, by listing new database entries that match their research interests.


Many publishers allow users to register for their email "alerting services". Some of these send registered users the table of contents (TOC) for each new journal issue as soon as it is available. Others maintain a user defined search profile, and run it regularly, e-mailing "hits" found in new publications.

Most publishers provide an on-line registration form for all of their journals. You simply choose the titles in which you're interested. However, some publishers may require that you register for each journal individually.

American Chemical Society - ASAP Alerts

For journals published by the American Chemical Society, you can sign up to receive e-mail notices on a) weekly basis OR b) as they are published. For more details, go to "E-mail Alerts" page.

Elsevier - Science Direct

For journals published by Elsevier Science Publishers, you can sign up for either a search alert or a new issue alert or both. A search alert allows you to define a search that can be saved and run daily or weekly. Signing up for new issue alert will enable you to receive table of contents of selected journals as it becomes available on Science Direct. To use this service, you need to setup a personal account (Login/Register).

Royal Society of Chemistry

For journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, you do not need to setup a personal profile. Simply go to the Journals Email Alerting Service - Joinpage,select those titles in which you are interested from the list and supply your e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail each time new content is available.

Wiley Interscience

For journals published by Wiley Interscience, there are two alert options available: a) Tables of Contents Alerts and b) Saved Search Alerts. You can sign up for either one or both. Tables of Contents Alerts allow you to receive the table of contents of any selected journal when a new issue is published online. Saved Search Alerts allow you to save your search and receive an alert whenever an article is published online that matches the search criteria. To receive these services, you need to setup a user profile (Login/Register).


Springer offers a variety of alert services through "SpringerAlerts" including Table of Contents Alerts for Journals, Table of Contents Alerts for Book Series, New Book Alerts. You will need to register with Springer to use these services (Login/Register).


Nature magazine offers an e-mail Alerting Service through which you can sign up to receive tables of contents and news digests from any of the Nature titles that you are interested in. Go to "Account and e-alert management" page to register for this service.


Science offers a variety of alerts to registered users and subscribers including Content Awareness alerts, CiteTrack Personal Research alerts, and Career and Grant Alerts. You will need to go to "My account" page to setup you personal profile. More information about this e-alert service can be found in "E-mail Alerts" page.

Updated by QH on January 25, 2008

last updated: 2/7/2008