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Keeping up with the Joneses

April 16th, 2007 by Sean Davis · 5 Comments

Keeping up with the Joneses is an arduous task. The volume of literature coming out in the atmospheric sciences is staggering, and even keeping up with the literature relevant to one’s specialized field is difficult.

Because of this, it is important to be efficient in monitoring the scientific literature as it comes out. My purpose here is to share a few things that help me stay current on the literature, and solicit reader input on resources for monitoring the most current literature.

Below is a list of journals to which I nominally monitor. I’ve broken them down by publishing organization, as the means by which I keep current with them is dependent mostly on that.

AGU: The AGU journals listed here, as well as others, can be monitored by signing up for email notifications here.

Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres

Geophysical Research Letters

AMS: The AMS journals also can be monitored by signing up for email notifications here.


Journal of Applied Meteorology

Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology

Journal of Atmospheric Science

Journal of Climate

EGU: The EGU journals can be monitored using their RSS feeds (links to each journal are given below). I use Mozilla Thunderbird to read RSS feeds, but there are numerous programs out there that have the capability to aggregate RSS feeds from various sources.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Finally, I’d like to ask for input from readers. Are there other resources for monitoring the literature of which I’m unaware? What about Science and Nature? Any other European publications, or RSS feeds from the AGU/AMS journals? I encourage you to comment and share ways you’ve devised of staying current with the literature!

Tags: general interest

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 seok // Apr 17, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I try to avoid email notifications if possible. I already get enough emails (spam or not) per day. If the publisher provides RSS feeds, I use that. I manage my RSS feeds with FeedDemon.

  • 2 Pete // Apr 18, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Here are some more Journals with RSS feeds:

    Nature has a couple feeds, one is everything and is a bit daunting 50-60 articles once per week. The AOP feed is the Advance Online Publication. Feeds here:

    Science also has a couple feeds:
    Everything (~55 1x per week)
    Just the News:

    I also subscribe to:
    Aerosol Science and Technology:

    Analytical Chemistry (lots of articles most of which I don’t read):

    Environmental Science and Technology (lots of articles many of interest):

    Environmental Research Letters (new journal not too many articles):

    In addition to Journal RSS feeds, a really nice tool I’ve found with Web of science is RSS alerts for when papers get cited. You can set up an account with Web of Science and choose articles of interest to you or your field and subscribe to the RSS feed of when other papers cite that paper. Once a week the feed is updated with a list of papers which have cited the paper you selected. I’ve found it useful to set up this for paper’s I’ve written, so that I can stay on top of what has been done in the areas in which I’ve published papers.

    Personally I use Google Reader (gmail account required) since I sometimes use multiple computers, this keeps everything organized as it is web-based.

  • 3 NU // Apr 19, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Science and Nature have RSS feeds.

    Science: Current issue
    This Week in Science
    Science Editors’ Choice

    nature.com: Earth and Environment
    Nature Advance Online Publication

    I wish the AGU would follow suit.

    On another note, I also wish the geoscience community would get together and use an agreed-upon centralized preprint service analogous to the physics arXiv. A paper discussion forum like CosmoCoffee could also be interesting.

  • 4 NU // Apr 20, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    I tried to post earlier noting that both Science and Nature have RSS feeds, but I think the spam filter ate my comment (rife with hyperlinks).

  • 5 seand // Apr 20, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Nu,

    I dug the comment out of the Spam box. Sorry about that, and thanks!


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