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Alert Services: Citation Alerts

Alert Services or Current Awareness Services alert researchers when a new article or journal on a particular topic is published.

Setting Up the Alert Service

Find the article you wish to monitor by either searching the database or browsing the journal issues. Go into the article record where you will be prompted to create a Citation Alert.

ISI Web of Knowledge Create Citation Alert

Some databases also link to alert services directly from the home page. In those cases, you may have to register and sign in first and then run your search and save the Citation Alert.

Citation Alerts

Citation Alerts notify you when new publications cite a particular article you have chosen. You will automatically receive an e-mail notice every time that article is cited.

Example: Setting up a Citation Alert in Web of Knowledge

In Web of Knowledge, in order to create a citation alert, when you click the button on the right-hand side of the screen, you will need to first register with your first and last name and email address. (You will also be asked your "primary role" and "subject area" but you can enter "other" as a drop-down option).

Once you find an article that you want to receive alerts for, click the Create Citation Alert button again. You will then get a message telling you that you will automatically receive an email alert every time the article is cited.

Example: Setting up a Citation Alert in JSTOR

In JSTOR, in order to create a citation alert, you will need to first register with your first and last name and email address to create a "MyJSTOR" account. (You will also be asked your "primary role" and "subject area" but you can enter "other" as a drop-down option).

When you see an article that you want to follow, click the Track Citation link on the right side of the screen. If you are scanning a table of contents, check the box of the article that you want to follow and click the Track Citation link at the top of the table of contents box.

Once you click the Track Citation link, you will get a confiormation dialog telling you that will be notified by email when your selected article is cited.


You can use your MyJSTOR account to manage your alerts. For instance, you have the option to discontinue any alert.

Databases with Alert Services

For a list of databases that offer Alert Services click here. Remember this list is not comprehensive.

Please note that not all publishers and/or journals offer these services.