A huge amount of research and journal articles are published daily, it is impossible to keep up to date with the amount of information being created. Current awareness services try to help researchers by alerting them about new journal articles in their field.
Save time by setting up alerts so that the information comes directly to you rather than you having to search for it repeatedly.
Many online databases and general web sites such as news sites offer RSS (Really Simple) feeds, which are a convenient time-saving means of bringing together the latest tables of contents for your favourite journals or web sites into your own personal web page or software tool.
Feed Reader or News Aggregator software allow you to grab the RSS feeds from various sites and display them for you to read and use. There are also a number of web-based feed readers available. Feedly and NewsBlur are popular web-based feed readers.
Mailing Lists, Newsgroups and Discussion Boards are also a good source of information to keep you up-to-date with new conferences, calls for papers, and current academic debate.
They can also help you identify the key players in your field and form networks of academic contacts. However it is worth remembering that mailing lists can generate a large amount of information emailed to your inbox so be careful not to over-subscribe!
Useful ways to keep in touch with other researchers and promote your profile
To establish an online presence you many wish to use one of the more popular sites listed here such as:
Off course you can use social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook too.
Ensuring your research is as freely accessible as possible can help raise your profile online