Current awareness is as "an ongoing, mostly iterative activity that aims to actively monitor environments in various fields, whether technical or business… to anticipate trends" [our translation], according to the AFNOR (Association française de normalisation) X50-053 standard.
Current awareness comprises the activities that allow researchers to be aware of trends and new developments in their particular fields of study. It is also a means to find new opportunities and to identify possible collaborators or competitors.
Current awareness is, in a certain sense, a perpetual review of literature to:
Current awareness also allows a researcher to:
This guide aims to present basic tools to set up your own current awareness system.