Saved Searches and Alerts 

You can access your saved searches and alerts from the Web of Science homepage by clicking Searches and Alerts. Saved searches are ordered in descending order, so the newest searches appear first on the list. 

Search Alert Options

  • For any saved search, you can activate an alert, and at any time you can turn off alerts by changing the status to Inactive.
  • Change how often you receive alerts by selecting from the Frequency drop-down box.
  • If you want, select Receive emails when there are no new results, otherwise, you will only receive emails when there are new results for your search.
  • Saved searches don’t expire, but you can delete them at any time by clicking Remove alert.

Running Saved Searches

If you want to rerun one of your saved searches:

  1. Click Rerun Search. If necessary, change the Timespan or select specific indexes by clicking More Settings.
  2. When you’re ready, click Continue to complete the search. 
  3. Click the number (the number of results found) in the Results column to view your results.


Open Search History from Your Workstation

To open a search history that was saved to the hard disk of your computer or to a local network:

  1. Select the check box of a saved search history from the Saved Searches column.

  2. At the bottom of the Saved Searches and Alerts overlay, click Choose File.

  3. Navigate to the folder or directory where your search histories are stored.

  4. In the dialog box, select the search history that you want to open, and then click the Open button to go to the View History page.

  5. On the View History page, click the Run Search button.

  6. If desired, change your timespan and settings.

  7. Click the Continue button to go to the Search History page.

  8. Click the number link in the Results column to go to the Results page.


Saved Searches Table

The saved searches table lists the search histories you have saved to our server. The saved searches are in alphabetical order by product and then by history name.


Saved Search Column

Displays the name of the search history that you assigned when you saved your search as a history file.

A description of the search history appears under the search history name. You provided the description when you originally saved the search history on the Save Search History page.

The Query field displays the search query. For example: TOPIC: (amazon river fish*)

Note: We add the text P00[N] to each search history name that was saved in ISI Proceedings and carried over to the next Web of Science platform release.


 Alert Status

Under Alert Status, toggle between Inactive and Active to turn alerts on and off, and if necessary, change how often you want to receive alerts by making a selection from the Frequency drop-down box.


Remove Alert

At any time, you can delete a saved search from your list by clicking Remove Alert. You will see a confirmation message, and then you can click Remove. Remember, you can only remove one search at a time, and you can't recall a saved search after you remove it.


Reminder - Register and Sign In

To view your saved searches, you must be a registered user and you must sign in.


About SAME and Saved Searches

When you open a search history file created from a previous version of the product, your search may yield more results if you had used the SAME operator in your query. In the current version, the SAME operator works exactly like AND in most fields (such as the Topic and Title fields).

For example, the search query:

TS=Bird Migration SAME TS=South America*

Is automatically translated in the current version of the product into:

TS=Bird Migration AND TS=South America*

and produces a larger set of search results than the original query.

When opening a saved search history file from a previous version of the product, consider revising your query if you had used the SAME operator in the query.

Note: The exception to the rule discussed, here, is the Address field where SAME operator rules still apply.



Alerting is not currently available for searches saved from an All Databases search.


Saved Searches from Earlier Versions

You can open a search history file created from an earlier product version in the current version. However, you cannot open a search history file created from the current product version in an earlier product version.