published a paper–congrats! Has anyone read it? Cited it? Talked
about it on Twitter? How can you find out–as it happens?
deliver essential research impact metrics straight to your inbox, so you
can stay up to date without having to do a lot of work.
track citations, altmetrics and downloads for your publications; in our
next post, we’ll share strategies for tracking similar metrics for your
data, code, slides, and social media outreach.
track scholarly impact. You can get citation alerts in two main ways:
from Google Scholar or from traditional citation indices.
Google Scholar Citations alerts
that occur on the scholarly web. These citations can appear in any type
of scholarly document (white papers, slide decks, and of course journal
articles are all fair game) and in documents of any language. Naturally,
this means that your citation count on Google Scholar may be larger
than on other citation services.
click “Create alert.” You’ll now get an alert anytime you’ve received a
Citation alerts via Scopus & Web of Knowledge
Knowledge are another good way to get citation alerts delivered to your
inbox. These services are more selective in scope, so you’ll be notified
only when your work is cited by vetted, peer-reviewed publications.
However, they only track citations for select journal articles and book
chapters–a far cry from the diverse citations that are available from
Google Scholar. Another drawback: you have to have subscription access
to set alerts.
Web of Knowledge
To create an alert, you first have to register with Web of Knowledge by
clicking the “Sign In” button at the top right of the screen, then
Core Collection (alerts cannot be set up across all databases at once).
To do that, click the orange arrow next to “All Databases” to the right
of “Search” in the top-left corner. You’ll get a drop-down list of
databases, from which you should select “Web of Science Core
screen, search for your article by its title. Click on the appropriate
title to get to the article page. In the upper right hand corner of the
record, you’ll find the Citation Network box. Click “Create citation
alert.” Let Web of Knowledge know your preferred email address, then
save your alert.
you can set up alerts for both articles and authors. To create an alert
for an article, search for it and then and click on the title in your
search results. Once you’re on the Article Abstract screen, you will see
a list of papers that cite your article on the right-hand side. To set
your alert, click “Set alert” under “Inform me when this document is
cited in Scopus.”
click the Author Search tab on the Scopus homepage and run a search for
your name. If multiple results are returned, check the author
affiliation and subjects listed to find your correct author profile.
Next, click on your author profile link. On your author details page,
follow the “Get citation alerts” link, and list your saved alert, set an
email address, and select your preferred frequency of alerts. Once
you’re finished, save your alert.
be notified when your work is cited in virtually any publication in the
world! But citations only capture a very specific form of scholarly
impact. How do we learn about other uses of your articles?
Tracking article pageviews & downloads
certain that article pageviews and full-text downloads mean people are
reading your articles, many scientists still find these measures to be a
good proxy. A number of services can send you this information via
email notifications for content hosted on their sites. Impactstory can
send you pageview and download information for some content hosted
emails by default once your article is published. But if you want to
check if your notifications are enabled, sign into PeerJ.com, and click
your name in the upper right hand corner. Select “Settings.” Choose
“Notification Settings” on the left nav bar, and then select the
“Summary” tab. You can then choose to receive daily or weekly summary
emails for articles you’re following.
click the arrow next to your name on the upper left-hand side and select
“Settings.” On the left-hand nav bar, choose “Messages,” and under the
“Other emails” section, check the box next to “Frontiers monthly impact
publications you’ve published with them, so no need to worry about
multiple emails crowding your inbox at once.
if they offer notifications for metrics related to articles you’ve
published. If they do, let us know by leaving a comment below, and we’ll
update this guide!
ResearchGate & Academia.edu
downloads, comments, bookmarks, and citations by other papers on
ResearchGate by visiting “Settings” (on both sites, click the triangle
in the upper right-hand corner of your screen). Then, click on the
“Notifications” tab in the sidebar menu, and check off the types of
emails you want to receive. On Academia.edu, the option to receive new
metrics notifications for pageviews, downloads, and bookmarks are under
“Analytics” and “Papers”; on Researchgate, it’s under “Your
publications” and “Scheduled updates”.
PLOS article metrics via Impactstory
your articles get new metrics, including pageviews and downloads.
However, we currently only offer these metrics for articles published in
PLOS journals. (If you’d like to see us add similar notifications for
other publishers, submit an idea to our Feedback site!) We describe how to get Impactstory notifications for the articles that matter to you in the Social Media section below.
Post-publication peer review
peer review. PeerJ authors are notified any time their articles get a
comment, and any work that’s uploaded to ResearchGate can be commented
upon, too. Reviews can also be tracked via Altmetric.com alerts.
comments, login to PeerJ and go to “Settings” > “Notification
Settings” and then click on the “Email” tab. There, check the box next
to “Someone posts feedback on an article I wrote.”
and will be included in Impactstory emails in the near future.
Instructions for signing up for Altmetric and Impactstory notifications
can be found below.
PubChaseArticle recommendation platform PubChase
can also be used to set up notifications for PubPeer comments and
reviews that your articles receive. To set it up, first add your
articles to your PubChase library (either by searching and adding papers
one-by-one, or by syncing PubChase with your Mendeley account).
Then, hover over the Account icon in the upper-right hand corner, and
select “My Account.” Click “Email Settings” on the left-hand navigation
bar, and then check the box next to “PubPeer comments” to get your
Social media metrics
around the water cooler? It used to be that we couldn’t track these
informal conversations, but now we’re able to listen in using social
media sites like Twitter and on blogs. Here’s how.
Social media metrics via Altmetric.com
notifications for any article that you have published, no matter the
and drag the “Altmetric It!” button into your browser menu bar). Then,
find your article on the publisher’s website and click the “Altmetric
it!” button. The altmetrics for your article will appear in the upper
right-hand side of your browser window, in a pop-up box similar to the
one at right.
Altmetric pop-up. You’ll be taken to a drill-down view of the metrics.
At the bottom left-hand corner of the page, you can sign up to receive
notifications whenever someone mentions your article online.
notification emails is that you have to sign up to track each of your
articles individually, which can cause inbox mayhem if you are tracking
Social media metrics via Impactstory
and connect your profile to ORCID, Google Scholar, and other
third-party services. This will allow you to auto-import your articles.
If a few of your articles are missing, you can add them one by one by
clicking the “Import stuff” icon, clicking the “Import individual
products” link on the next page, and then providing links and DOIs. Once
your profile is set up, you’ll start to receive your notification
emails once every 1-2 weeks.
Each card highlights something unique about your new metrics for that
week or month: if you’re in a top percentile related to other papers
published that year or if your PLOS paper has topped 1000 views or
gotten new Mendeley readers. You’ll get a card for each type of new
metric one of your articles receives.
alerts for metrics that your other types of outputs–including data, code
and slide decks–receive, but we’ll cover that in more detail in our
Now you’ve got more time for the things that matter
evidence of your articles’ impact; it’s now delivered to your inbox, as
new impacts accumulate.
articles? In our next post, we’ll tell you how to set up similar
notifications to track the impact of your data, software, and more.
12/17/2014: Updates to describe the revamped Impactstory interface and new notification options for ResearchGate and Academia.edu
5/27/2014: Added information about PubChase notification emails.
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