Staying informed



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Alerts for your research 

Research is constantly progressing and keeping up to date is important

Follow these steps to create an Alert

1. Login to Dimensions by clicking 'Log in' top right

2. Search or browse to the content you want

3. Save/Export > Save as Favourite

4. Give a name to your Alert and Tick the box(es) for Publications and/or Grants

Weekly results

The search will run once a week and return content if there has been a change. Dimensions will display both the citations received by an article and the attention captured by Altmetrics.

 Edit or cancel your Alert

1. Go to Favorites

2. Click Browse

3. Click the name of the Alert

Following individual articles or authors 

The Dimensions database is a good option for this type of Alert because it includes both subscription and open access publications, bibliometrics and altmetrics. 

Subject search Alerts

  • When setting up an Alert for a subject area it is good to use a big database such as Dimensions as the chances of picking up relevant references are increased. This will also mean you need to carefully construct the search(s) to avoid irrelevant hits.   
  • Consider setting up more than one search. For example, one that is very exact, one that is slightly broader and one that uses alternative terms. Dimensions has pre-established Research Categories that can help limit the results.

Contact your Subject Librarian if you need help with constructing a search using Boolean phrasing.