I would like to follow articles that cite several researchers in my field. I created a google scholar alert on those researchers, however, I'm getting around 70 emails per week and most of them contain duplications (if the same article cites two of the researchers, I'll get two emails).

I would be happy to hear about a way to filter the duplication. Some possible approaches:

  • A way to export those alerts into google spreadsheet automatically.
  • A way to parse those emails using python or other tools.
  • A different tool that gives a list of recent papers that relate to those researchers (e.g., using Zotero or Mendeley)

(Parseur.com did not work for those emails, for some reason).

Many thanks!

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    "A way to parse those emails using python" Well, how you'd do that depends on how you store those emails in the first place. You could use the python Gmail API, for example, or some easy to read file-based local mailbox program.
    – Anyon
    Apr 7 '19 at 23:05

I've been using Google Scholar Alerts for the paper discovery for a while now and faced a very similar issue.

Here is a scholar-alert-digest script that I wrote to aggregate all unread messages in a Markdown report enter image description here.

Hope this helps!

  • Thank you for sharing your code! I've written a script of my own, I'll add its link later, but I'm sure yours will help me to improve it!
    – elikbelik
    Nov 23 '19 at 19:32

For the python lovers, I created a small script that parses those mails using Gmail API, combines similar papers and asks for further actions.

The code can be found here.

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