Day 16: Stay up-to-date on your field

Today, we’re going to set-up alerts for subject areas. These alerts will send the newest research into your inbox, with very little effort on your part.

You’ll set-up email alerts for, Google Scholar, and Mendeley that will keep you abreast of the newest research in your field.

Login to and search for a subject area in the top search bar. As you begin typing, you’ll notice suggestions populating the short-form search results:


When the subject you’re interested in appears, click on it to head to the subject page. On the subject page, click the “Follow [subject]” button on the right-hand side of the screen.


Next, you’ll need to make sure you have emails enabled for these alerts. Head to Account Settings > Email Notifications. Under the “Papers” section, select “There are new top papers from my News Feed (“Weekly Digest”)”:



You can use Mendeley groups to stay up-to-date on publications posted to groups, which are often a peer-filtered recommendation that sometimes finds articles that you wouldn’t otherwise discover.

Login to Mendeley; select “Groups” from drop-down next to the search box in the upper-right corner, and type your research interest into the search box. A list of related groups will appear in your search results:


On the group page that’s most relevant to you, click the “Join this group” button to start receiving updates:


Now, every time you login to Mendeley, updates from your groups – including recommended papers – will appear in your newsfeed.

The final step is to set up email notifications, so you don’t have to return to Mendeley to get updates on new recommendations. Click the drop-down menu next to your name in the top right-hand corner and go to: “Settings” > “Notifications” in the upper-left corner of the screen, and under the Group Notifications section, select the email notifications for “Someone posts an update or a comment in a group” are selected:



On your preferred social networks – Academia, Google Scholar and Mendeley – sign up to receive disciplinary recommendations and recent publications in your inbox for at least three topics.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s challenge: Getting your research to the media: The Conversation






4 thoughts on “Day 16: Stay up-to-date on your field

  1. Jessie Reid

    Yes, I just checked on both Chrome and Firefox and the news feed wouldn’t even load it’s so slow! Great day to have a moment, Academia! The follow button was coming up when I checked on Friday, Liz, so maybe it’s just not loading because it is so slow. I am guessing we will have to check back later.


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