Web of Science uses RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) to keep its users up to date on newly added information. Create so-called ‘RSS feeds’, and you will not need to search for new information on your subject yourself. Feeds can be created for Saved Searches, Table of Contents Alerts and Citation Alerts. A ‘feed’ may contain the following information: author, title, source information and a link to the full record of a newly added article. You will need to subscribe to a special RSS reader to set RSS feeds. This is the medium that will send you a message as soon as new information is available. Subscriptions to RSS readers are free. They can be found on the Internet, e.g., Newsgator, Netvibes and GoogleReader. What is the difference between an RSS feed and an e-mail alert? An RSS feed is sent directly through your RSS reader, as soon as relevant information is added to Web of Science. An e-mail alert containing the aggregate information of the past period is sent weekly or monthly to your e-mail.
An RSS feed comes in handy if you wish to be informed without delay when, for example,
- the most recent issue of a journal is published, and you wish to check its table of contents;
- a certain article has been cited;
- an article meets your search criteria (those of a saved search) and is added to the search results.
Creating an RSS feed:
Click the orange button on one of the following pages: ‘My Saved Searches’, ‘My Citation Alerts’, or ‘My Journal List’. The page you select depends on your purpose in creating the RSS feed. A new screen opens displaying factual information. Select and copy the entire URL in the address bar at the top of the page and paste it into your RSS reader. Discontinue an RSS feed by removing it from your RSS reader. An RSS feed may return a maximum of 200 items at a time.