To see the new e-mail alert feature, search for an academic topic in Google Scholar and click the ‘e-mail envelope icon’ at the top left of search results . In beta since late 2004, the user interface (UI) in Google Scholar is making small improvements but it is looking increasingly cluttered with a hodge-podge of ‘subsets’. Will we ever get an ‘evidence-based medicine’ subset? How about a citation tracking tool next?
Google Scholar has finally added an ‘e-mail alerting’ feature on its search results page (see top left ). Google scholar alerts is a long time in coming and helps to improve the precision of your search results (i.e., [statistical speech recognition] can be changed to [statistical intitle:"speech recognition"]). Google Scholar shows a list of results but the e-mail alerts are for Google Scholar only (not Google’s other alerting tool http://www.google.com/alerts).