Alerts are current awareness tools.
They automatically notify you, by email or RSS feed, when new information is released online.
Most databases, websites, search engines, journals or journal aggregators, library catalogs or publishers’ catalogs provide alert services to which you can subscribe.
An alert can be created for an author, a journal’s table of contents (ToC), a topic, key words, an organization, the name of a company and in fact for any field that can be queried within an information system.
Examples of databases that provide an alert service:
An alert can generate noise as notification is systematic.
Various methods can be used to reduce this noise:
For email alerts, you may want to use your email client’s filter system to sort messages into dedicated folders according to their sources.