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Keeping up to date with latest journals/articles

  1. Mar 21, 2009 #1
    How do you keep up to speed with all the articles published in a given field? How do you decide which ones you read and which you don't? What are good sources for the latest scientific articles?

    There are a couple of disciplines in math, comp sci, and physics that I try to keep up to date on, but there are simply too many papers published to hope to read them all, so I'm hoping others will share how they filter it.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Mar 21, 2009 #2


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    Depends on the field. The arxiv (http://arxiv.org/) is a good source of current papers. I decide which one to read by scanning through the list of abstracts in the sections most relevant to me most mornings, then opening up ones that sound interesting.
  4. Mar 21, 2009 #3


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    IOP has a service where they send out a monthly collection of abstracts to subscribers based on pre-selected keywords - at least for Physics in Medicine and Biology. In my field there are only a few key journals that I keep regular tabs on. Once a month aI skim through the abstracts and make note of anything of interest that comes up. There are several other "peripheral" ones, that I check out from time to time as well, but I don't read them on any regular basis.
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