How to keep track of the latest results in your field?

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In summary, there are several ways to keep up to date with recently published papers in the field of physics. These include checking recommended articles on Google Scholar, subscribing to the table of contents of relevant journals, bookmarking specific subsections on arXiv for quick daily checks, asking colleagues for recommendations, and subscribing to the arXiv mailing list for daily updates on preprints in a specific subfield.
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Hello! What is the best way to focus on the most relevant, recently published papers in your field (in my case physics). Usually I just go on arXiv (hopefully most of them will be there), choose my field of interest and start scrolling. But that takes a lot of time. Searching for key words helps but that way you risk missing good papers. Do people with more experience have any advice for better ways to keep up to date with the new papers coming every day? Thank you!
 
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The "recommended articles" in Google Scholar can be a good place to start, especially once you are "following" enough relevant authors.
Subscribing the the ToC of some relevant journals can also be a good idea.
 
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I use arXiv too (I bookmarked the atomic physics subsection so my daily arxiv check is over in less than a minute), but I hear about most of the cool papers from my coworkers. Try asking folks, "see any cool papers lately?" Its a bit random but it works! Getting your group to do a weekly journal club doesn't hurt either.
 
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If you subscribe to the arXiv mailing list, you get an email with all of the preprints in a given subfield (for example physics, statistical mechanics) every night. Instructions are here https://arxiv.org/help/subscribe
 

1. How can I stay updated on the latest research and findings in my field?

One of the best ways to stay updated on the latest results in your field is to regularly read scientific journals and publications. You can also attend conferences and seminars, follow relevant researchers and organizations on social media, and join professional associations or online communities.

2. Is there a specific platform or website that compiles all the latest research in my field?

Yes, there are several platforms and websites that specialize in compiling and organizing the latest research in various fields. Some examples include Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and ScienceDirect. These platforms allow you to search for specific topics and filter results by publication date.

3. How often should I check for new research in my field?

This depends on the pace of research in your field and your own personal preferences. Some scientists prefer to check for new research daily, while others may do so weekly or monthly. It's important to find a schedule that works for you and allows you to stay updated without feeling overwhelmed.

4. What should I do if I come across conflicting results in my field?

If you come across conflicting results in your field, it's important to critically evaluate the sources and methods used in each study. Look for any potential biases or flaws in the research, and consider consulting with other experts in the field for their insights. It's also important to stay open-minded and continue to follow new research and developments in the area.

5. How can I use the latest research in my own work and experiments?

The latest research in your field can serve as a valuable resource for your own work and experiments. You can use it to build upon existing knowledge and theories, replicate experiments, or design new studies. It's important to properly cite and credit the sources you use in your work and to always stay up-to-date on the most current findings.

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