Current Awareness in the Sciences
The following alerting services allow you to keep current and informed about new literature and developments in the scientific world by sending you regular notices using email or a RSS feed. Only those services that are available to HSU users or offered for free are listed.
NEW SCHOLARLY LITERATURE
In addition to the following services many other journal publishers have alerting services for the contents of journals they publish.
- ACM Digital Library (HSU users only)- set up profiles for table of contents alerts for Association for Computing Machinery journals and proceedings. HSU users have access to the online fulltext of new articles.
- ACS Publications (HSU users only) - receive notification of individual articles to be published in a specific American Chemical Society journal (ASAP alerts) or to receive the entire Table of Contents (TOC alerts) when the journal is published.
- Annual Reviews - customize email alerts or RSS feeds to receive specific notifications about topics in which you are interested and when new articles cite an included review paper.
- BIOSIS Previews (HSU users only) - convert searches to email alerts or RSS feeds that notify you of new matching research.
- EBSCO Alerts (HSU users only) - establish subject search profiles in
the CINAHL; GreenFile; Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide; and Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide databases to to receive daily, weekly or monthly notification of new references
added to the database that match your profile
- E-PRINT Network Alert Service - create a search strategy that will be matched against each new weekly update to a database of research materials of interest to Department of Energy researchers.
- Forest Science Database (HSU users only) - create a subject alert
- Google Scholar - create subject keyword alerts.
- Highwire Press - create an table of contents alert, subject keyword alert, or a citation alert for articles that cite a specific paper for the 900 journals published by Highwire Press.
- IngentaConnect - create subject or table of contents alerts from a database of 12,000 journals.
- National Center for Biotechnology Information Alerts - set up subject keyword searches of NCBI databases produced by the National Library of Medicine, including PubMed and GeneBank. There are a number of other options for alerts of NCBI databases including AMEDEO: The Medical Literature Guide, Medbench Updates, and PubCrawler.
- Oxford Journals (HSU users only) - set up keyword, author, or table of contents alerts for individual Oxford journals; or a citation alert when a specific article has been cited by another author.
- Proquest Database Alerts (HSU users only) - set up subject profiles to receive weekly notification of new research indexed in the Agricola, BioOne Abstracts and Indexes , Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management or Oceanic Abstracts databases.
- Science.gov - establish profiles for weekly alerts of government-sponsored research and development reports from 1700 government information resources and 30 databases.
- ScienceDirect (HSU users only) - set up "New Issue" alerts, subject alerts, or "Citation" alerts (where you are notified when a paper cites an earlier paper you specify) for journals published by Elsevier. HSU users have access to the online fulltext of most new articles.
- SpringerLink (HSU users only) - create table of contents alerts or keyword alerts for 1,500 Springer journals.
- Wiley Online Library (HSU users only)- create subject keyword or table of contents alerts for Wiley-Interscience/Blackwell journals. HSU users have access to the online fulltext of new articles.
Listed below are news services that offer free regular email or RSS feeds to which you can subscribe are listed. For coverage of environmental news see Environmental Science -- Current Awareness/News.
For lists of sites that report science news on a regular basis that you can read online see Open Questions: Science News Sites.
- BBC News: Science & Environment
- BrightSurf Science News
- e! Science News (Eureka Science News)
- EurekaAlert (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
- Inside Science (American Institute of Physics)
- New York Times Science
- Science News (Society for Science & the Public)
- ScienceNow (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
- SciTech Daily Review
Hot Papers and Topics
Listed below are sites that list hot papers in specific subject areas:
- Hot Articles (ExLibris) Lists the ten most frequently recommended articles by discipline in the BX recommender database.
- JSTOR (JSTOR) (HSU users only) For each journal in the database lists the top 25 articles "Most Cited" by other journals in JSTOR, and the top 25 articles "Most Accessed" in the last three years.
- Mendeley (Mendeley) This social networking and reference manager site lists the 20 top linked papers by discipline and subdiscipline from among the 35 million papers in the database.
- ScienceDirect (Elsevier) (HSU users only) For each journal in the database lists the top 25 "Most Cited Articles " since 2007 in the Scopus database, and the top 25 "Most Downloaded" articles in the last 90 days.
- ScienceWatch (Thomson Reuters) Weekly review of leading scientists, journals, institutions, countries, hot papers and hot topics in the sciences. Update frequency varies depending on the area. Data is derived from Web of Science and Essential Science Indicators.
- Top Publications... (Microsoft) Lists the most highly cited publications in the Microsoft Academic Search database by discipline and subdiscipline in the last 5 years, 10 years or all dates.
- Top 25 Hottest Articles (Elsevier) Lists the 25 most cited articles in 24 disciplines and in 2,500 journals based on ScienceDirect usage statistics. Updated quarterly.
There are other subscription services, e.g., Faculty of 1000 and Scopus that also list hot papers but which are not available at the HSU Library.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Listed below are sites designed for academic researchers for storing, tagging, organizing and sharing information found on the web. It is a good way to find other researchers with common interests and resources related to their research interests that they have tagged. For additional information on some of these sites see Reference Management Tools for Research and Writing.
Blogs have become a contemporary way to exchange information and keep current for scientists who prefer to get information from their peers. Blogs may be from individuals (faculty, researchers, grad students) or from organizations (journals, corporations, newswires). Many of the best blogs also link to other influential blogs on the same topic. You can also create RSS feeds for individual blogs in your RSS reader. Sources for identifying science blogs include: