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Alerts: Search, Table of Contents, & Citation Alerts: ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

Use this guide to create auto alerts for your research.

ScienceDirect Personal Accounts

You will need to create a personal account in ScienceDirect to create search alerts. 

To create a ScienceDirect account:

1. Click Sign in in the top right corner of the screen and then select Not registered?

science direct not registered link


2. Fill out the required fields and click Register

science direct registration screen

Click here for more information about registering with ScienceDirect.

Search Alerts in ScienceDirect

You will need to be logged in to your ScienceDirect personal account in order to create search alerts. Next:

1. Conduct your search.

2. Click Save as search alert in the top right corner above the results list.

sciencedirect save as search alert link

3. Set your alert preferences and click Save Alert.

science direct save alert button

Click here for more information about creating search alerts in ScienceDirect.

Journal/Table of Contents Alerts in ScienceDirect

You will need to be logged in to your ScienceDirect account to create a journal/table of contents alert in ScienceDirect.

To create a journal/table of contents alert in ScienceDirect:

1. Search for the journal name in the Journal or Book Title field or browse publications by title.

science direct journal browse

2. From the journal page, click Alert me about new articles.

science direct journal alert link

3. The screen will refresh to indicate that an alert for the journal has been created. To manage the alert settings, click your account name in the top right corner and select Manage my alerts.

sciencedirect manage alerts link

Click here for more information about creating journal alerts in ScienceDirect.

Topic Alerts in ScienceDirect

You will need to be logged in to your personal ScienceDirect account in order to create a topic alert. Next:

1. Click the plus sign next to your name in the top right corner and select Manage my alerts from the drop-down.

science direct manage alerts link

2. Click on Add/Delete topic alerts.

sciencedirect add-delete topic alert

3. Select your category of interest from the drop-down menu and click Go

4. Check the box next to the subtopic(s) that interest you and click Save.

sciencedirect topic alert setup

RSS Alerts in ScienceDirect

You do not need to be logged in to your ScienceDirect account in order to create an RSS feed for a search or journal alert.

To create an RSS feed for a search in ScienceDirect:

1. From your list of search results, click RSS Feed at the top of the list.

sciencedirect RSS feed link on results list

2. Name the RSS feed and click Continue on the screen that pops up.

RSS feed settings sciencedirect1

3. Copy and paste the URL into your feed reader.

sciencedirect RSS feed URL

To create an RSS feed for a journal/table of contents alert:

1. Navigate to the journal page in the database (see "Journal/Table of Contents Alerts in ScienceDirect" above).

2. Click on New Article Feed.

sciencedirect RSS feed link for journal 2

3. Follow the steps above (creating an RSS feed for a search alert) to create the RSS feed for the journal alert.

To create an RSS feed for a topic alert:

1. When you select your topic alert preference (see "Topic Alerts in ScienceDirect" above), click the RSS icon on the topic row.

Topic alert RSS link

2. Name the feed and click Continue.

sciencedirect topic alert RSS setup

3. Copy and paste the feed URL into your feed reader.

sciencedirect topic alert feed URL

Click here for more information about RSS feeds in ScienceDirect.