Answered By: Laurel Scheinfeld
Last Updated: May 18, 2023     Views: 412

You can set up automatic email alerts on any topic and even specify when the alerts will be delivered.

- Go to PubMed from the Health Sciences Library list of databases.

- Sign in to My NCBI from the top right corner. If you don’t already have an account you will need to register for an account to use this service. If you already have a personal Google account, you can sign in with that.

- Once you’ve signed in, search for your topic in PubMed.

- Click “Create Alert” under the search box, name your search, and click "Yes" for email updates.

- There are three main preferences that need to be completed to get future updates.
   1. Choose how frequently your updates will be delivered.
   2. Pick the report format. 
   3. Choose the maximum number of citations delivered each time. One option is to have the email delivered even if there are no new results since the last search.

After completing these preferences, click “Save".

NOTE: For first time users, you will receive an email confirmation message. You need to activate automatic email updates before you will receive any updates.

There is also a short video from the National Library of Medicine that explains this process at:

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