Introducing the New myADS


Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma is an astrophysicist and the Software Development & Operations Lead for the NASA Astrophysics Data System, based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is pleased to introduce the new myADS email notification system! It is now more powerful than the 20-year-old ADS classic-based service thanks to the new, cutting-edge ADS infrastructure.

Nowadays, it’s challenging to keep up with astronomical research given that thousands of new papers are published every week and that the number of papers that are relevant to you is only a small portion of what is published. The myADS service delivers customized emails based on your notification preferences to help distinguish the relevant signal from the noise.

myADS provides four main types of notifications:

  • arXiv: Receive the daily list of new papers published in arXiv in a given set of categories (e.g., Earth and Planetary Astrophysics and/or Solar and Stellar Astrophysics). If an optional list of keywords is provided (e.g., spectroscopy OR chemical abundances), the system will automatically split the list in two: papers that match the keywords, and other articles in the selected categories. This will help you to identify the most relevant papers while still being able to browse the full list.
  • Authors: Be notified of new publications from certain authors, especially from collaborators and colleagues that work in your area of interest. Authors can be disambiguated by using their ORCID iDs. (If you haven’t yet, please register your ORCiD with ADS.)
  • Citations: Keep track of the citations of a particular author or set of authors on a weekly basis. The most popular use case is to keep an eye on what papers are citing your own work.
  • Keywords: Follow the most popular, recent, and cited papers that match a certain list of keywords (e.g., gravitational waves OR cosmic microwave background).


No matter how many notifications you setup, they will be grouped together into a single daily or weekly email.

Example of a myADS weekly email


These alerts cover many of the typical use cases, but the new myADS is ready to unleash the full ADS potential by allowing fully customizable notifications. Now, any valid ADS search query can be converted into a daily or weekly notification.

Create general myADS notifications from the ADS results page


For instance, it’s possible to create daily or weekly notifications with useful queries such as:

Once queries are set up as myADS notifications, the system will automatically add a condition to the query to limit it to the last days or weeks (depending on the selected frequency). Hence, you will only get the most recent articles that match the specified criteria. A quick trick to simulate that time restriction is to append entdate:[NOW-7DAYS TO NOW] to any query, and you will see only the papers that match the criteria and that were ingested by ADS in the last week. (Just remember to remove that time restriction before creating a myADS notification.)

The weekly email will include only the top five articles for each notification (although the notification title is a link to the full list in ADS), while the daily email has a larger limit, although you can always reduce it by using the topn operator.

Notification emails from the classic myADS service were disabled on July 11, so now is the time to learn how to create your own myADS email notifications to stay on top of the latest news in your field with ADS! And as always, if you’d like to share any feedback about the new service, do not hesitate to drop us a line or tweet us @adsabs.

This article was originally published on AstroBetter.