I’ll show you how to create an RSS feed to get alerts when your favorite scientist publishes new papers (this might only work for life sciences publications).
- First decide which scientist you want to follow. For my example I will use Richard E. Lenski – he’s an evolutionary biologist that does really cool stuff.
- Now go to PubMed – that’s an aggregator/indexer of life science and medicine publications.
- In the search box at the top, type, including the apostrophes:
"Lenski RE"[Author]and press Search.
- You’ll get a list of Lenski’s publications, recent first.
- Now click the icon at the top, just below the search box.
- Choose the maximum number of item in the drop down menu (100).
- Click Create RSS.
- Now right-click the icon, and choose Copy Address or something like that (Copy Link?). Alternatively, you can just left-click the icon, go to the new tab that opened, select the URL address and copy it.
- Now, open you’re favorite RSS reader. Mine is Google Reader.
- Click the Subscribe button (if it’s not Google Reader, you’d have to RTFM to find out how to subscribe to a new feed).
- Paste the URL you copied from PubMed.
- Now you can rename the feed and put it in some folder – I name it Lenski RE and place it under Paper Alert folder.
I imagine this procedure can be adapted for other scientific publications aggregators (Mendeley? Google Scholar?) but if you’ll want to do that you’ll have to RTFM.