To do good research, you have to be well-informed of the latest scientific developments both in your narrow field of study and in science at large. I recommend the following workflow to make this as painless as possible:
- Use feedly to keep up-to-date with blogs, journals
- Use PubChase to get personalized paper recommendations
- Use Zotero to organize papers you read
- Use PaperShip to read and comment on papers on your iPad
Here’s a more detailed exposition, along with further resources and alternatives, to help you keep up the scientific literature.
I currently just use feedly, which means every wednesday/thursday I am flooded with articles (I think I subscribe to ~20 different journal feeds?), and every day brings new and relatively useless articles from a few static pubmed rss feeds. It sounds like I need to get started using PubChase!