Hi all, I'm just wondering what everyone uses for publication alerts? I have been using PubCrawler to get publications that match my keywords, as they are published. I'm just wondering what all is out there and how it all stacks up.
I'm using the pubmed RSS feeds : http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmedtutorial/040_060.html
... and ... twitter.
I used to use RSS feeds of PubMed searches. However, there got to be so many alerts that I just ended up hitting "mark as read." That may depend somewhat on the topic.
Like Pierre, I use Twitter. Follow people with similar research interests and they will broadcast publications of interest to you.
Really though, I've given up on the whole idea of alerts. I just run search instead, "as and when" it occurs to me and bookmark whatever catches my eye.
I discovered the Google scholar "updates" functionalities thanks to Jonathan Eisen's blog here: http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2012/08/wow-google-scholar-updates-big-step.html and here: http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2012/11/quick-post-nice-microbial-genomes.html
And I have to say I like it too!
I subscribe to Table of Contents of selected niche journals (you stumble across interesting papers you would miss otherwise), I rely on Twitter, however I access the stream via Prismatic and Flipboard (they apparently use two different sorting algorithms, which complement each other), plus I monitor bookmarking services (CiteULike, Mendeley, whatever is out there) of a few people relatively far away from my field.
For certain topics, I also check citations of a few key papers in the topic. However, this is not as regular and not as automated as I would like.
I like the "My NCBI" tool - it sends me a monthly email, unfortunately PubMed can be a few months behind the actual article. I should probably try Google Scholar to compare. I also read a few blogs.