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Citation alert

Some article databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science Core Collection, provide email citation alert service so that information of new articles citing your chosen articles can be sent to you automatically via email. Sometimes, alerts can be provided by RSS feed.

This page assists you to set up email citation alerts and RSS citation alerts.

Note that a citation alert allows you to track when an article has been cited. However, the availability of new citations depends on the databases you are using. So it is unlikely that all citations will be tracked with the citation alerts you created.

How to set up email citation alerts?

The ways of setting up of citation alerts differ in different databases. Below are steps generally applicable to most databases.

Step 1: Locate the article you want to track by searching or browsing and then view the full record.

Step 2: Click "Create citation alert", "Set citation alert", "Alert me when this article is cited", "Citation alert", "Alerts", "E-mail alerts", etc., depending on the database you are using.


[from Web of Science]

Step 3: Sign in to your personal account.  Register for a personal account with the database you use if you have not done so. 


Step 4: You may be asked to i) enter your email address; ii) enter the name of the alert; iii) set the alert frequency; iv) set the alert validity, etc. Then save your citation alert.

You can also modify the setting of your saved citation alerts while logged in.


You will be notified via e-mail when your desired article has been cited.

How to set up RSS citation alerts?

Steps taken to add an RSS citation feed vary depending on the databases and the RSS readers/aggregators you are using. Below are some steps generally applicable to setting up RSS citation alerts in most databases.

Step 1: Install an RSS reader/aggregator on your computer, or register at a web-based RSS reader, such as Feedly. For more about RSS, read the "RSS" page of this guide.

Then open or log into your RSS reader/aggregator.

Step 2: Locate the article you want to track by searching or browsing and then view the full record. .

Step 3: Select "Citation feed", "Citation alert", "RSS alert", or click the  or button on the article page, depending on the database you are using.

Step 4: You may then see a Syndication Feed link or a "Subscribe to this feed" link. The ways to add a feed vary depending on the article database and RSS reader/aggregator you are using. Copy and paste the link to your RSS reader.    

You will be alerted of new articles citing your desired article via your RSS reader. 

Which databases provide citation alert?

Below are some article databases or e-journal collections that provide citation alert services: