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Publications that report latest research findings are collectively referred to as literature in academia.

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How to build a list of top authors in a field?

I'd like to write down a list of the top authors in my field in order to keep up to date with literature. Can anybody suggest any systematic approach to build such a list?
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Is there an affordable way for non-students to subscribe to multi-journals/archives?

As a student I had free access to thousands of scholarly articles through my universities in databases/archives such as JSTOR, EBSCOhost, Google Scholar, Econlit, PubMed, etc, etc. With no ...
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How to find size of academic literature in a given discipline?

The question is related to the trend of research and focus on different disciplines. Is there some trend assesment which shows the number of articles or conferences on a specific disciplines? If ...
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How to ask for library services for literature review?

Early on the research planning process, I would like to make use of the services offered by public libraries. Including online library services, what is the best way they could help a student ...
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Can we first claim and then find the evidence when we write the literature review (i.e., using confirmatory technique)?

I have a question regarding a researcher’s practice in writing. Let me give you some background about this issue. Here’s what this researcher does when writing introductions and literature reviews. ...
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How can I express “I can't find any papers written about this”?

I'm an undergraduate writing a paper for a philosophy course in logic. My paper is exploring a relationship between Leibniz' logic and graph theory. In writing the paper, I've found some material in ...
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Forum for discussing research paper

I am trying to implement an algorithm given in a paper. I have some questions which I would like to clear out since implementation requires complete clarity on all the concepts/algorithms/arguments ...
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How to get better at identifying research gaps?

One of the crucial skills of a scientist is to identify research gaps. Unfortunately, students rarely receive much formal training in this skill during their studies. How can one get better at ...
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Does interdisciplinary research usually require reading/reviewing more literature?

This may be quite a difficult question to answer in general, but I suspect that the answer is "yes" as less-well-defined discipline boundaries mean having to read more to cover all bases. Can anyone ...
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Non-English literature: should we check for prior work?

How far should we go when considering the possibility that a (non spectacular, bur relevant) result has already appeared in any other language different from English? Is it safe to ignore non-English ...
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Merge tables from different sources (APA citation)

What I want to do is copy a table found in paper 1 and expand upon it using information from different sources. I'm doing a literature review and the table I found gives a nice summary of the ...
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Is a research article the most comprehensive information available about a research project?

I sometimes stumble upon an article about an experiment, e.g a medical experiment done in some medical journal, or an article refering to a physics experiment done, and would like to know more exact ...
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What advantages do libraries offer over the internet for doing a literature survey in Mathematics or CS

Currently my literature surveys do not involve trips to the library and I am wondering if I am missing out on something important. What sort of material/knowledge can the library provide that I would ...
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Visualization tool for paper citations

Does anyone know if there is a tool that takes a paper (pdf) and is able to produce a directed graph of the citations, and if possible take the papers that are cited and use the citations of those ...
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Selecting the relevant papers for a survey paper I have to write?

I have to write a paper as an assignment for one of the courses that I take in University. The main outcome of this lecture is having a good final paper in the end. As we are Masters students, the ...
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Following literature - What is a good configurable publication notifier?

I would like to keep up to date with public literature in my research field. All relevant publications are of too big a volume to follow and so the problem invites some automatic mechanism of ...
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How can I improve the effectiveness of my literature searches?

OK, I know this is a pretty basic question but I haven't been able to come up with any really satisfactory solutions. (I have searched around on this site, but none of the related questions precisely ...
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Citing low quality papers (solutions) in surveys?

I sometimes find papers that aim to solve the same problem that I am working on, but these papers are of terrible quality. Some of these papers: introduce wrong solutions, re-introduce a solution ...
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Literature management for workgroups

We are looking for a solution to manage our literature (citations and corresponding PDFs) in our workgroup (~15 persons). Everybody should have read-write access, so a solution having a shared library ...
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Where to describe the pros and cons of the related work in a paper?

I just start writing a paper. This is also my first time doing so. I have a problem describing the pros and cons of the related literature. I am not sure where I should place them. Some of the ...
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Is starting with the abstract and conclusion an efficient reading approach for writing a literature review? [duplicate]

I'm writing a literature review at the moment. I have many many papers to read and I don't have that much time (just one month). What I do is reading the abstract and then the conclusion and from ...
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How to develop your own argument in a literature review?

In a literature review, we look at recent publications and put what other researchers have said in this context. However, how can I develop my own argument? Should I write it with my own words or ...
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Google Scholar vs other academic search engines

How is Google Scholar compared to other academic search engines and catalogues such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, and universities' own online catalogues--in terms of the following? comprehensiveness ...
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Verifying that cited results are still current before publishing

Assume you are knee-deep in a project, going through a series of papers that are seemingly relevant to your project. You found this ~10 year old paper, which looks very promising indeed. A lot of ...
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How to stay on top of recent literature?

When I started my Masters thesis one advice I got for getting good material to read was to subscribe to several journals' alerts system, so that I would get mails with eTOC (electronic Table of ...
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PubMed RSS Feeds

I would like to be up to date with published articles on my research topic. I saw that pubmed allow to subscribe to a research (there is an RSS link just below the research box), so I added the RSS to ...
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Is there a network map of subjects and how they connect with each other?

The problem When doing a literature review at the start of a process of addressing a specific problem, it's easy to miss related material, if I don't know that it is related. The example Let's say ...
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How to do a literature review efficiently?

For a new project I want to compile a literature review to determine the state of the art and possible approaches to start with. Last time I adhered to the following scheme, but it felt very ...
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How to annotate/summarize research papers for long-term retrieval?

I am new to my field (cell biology / immunology) and I would like to ask about the best practice to annotate or summarize research articles and reviews for long-term retrieval. When I start reading ...
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Organizing my reading list in Mendeley

I keep publications from the literature in Mendeley for later reading on my iPad. There are many publications, so I need some sort of way of prioritizing the ones I need to read first versus the ones ...
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What are “getcited.org” and “getcited.com” for?

What is the purpose of getcited.org and getcited.com? I am completely new to researching and paper publishing and I frequently get results from this site in Google Scholar Search. I am absolutely ...
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How useful is it to perform a systematic literature review?

How well accepted has been (systematic) literature reviews in your research field, these days?! I come from computer science field, more specifically Software Engineering. Some professors I keep in ...
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Keeping advisees aware of literature

When advising students performing research in one's group, what's the best way to make sure that they keep on top of the literature? Is it best to forward any article of interest to the student? ...
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Subtle (and not-so-subtle) humor in scientific literature

Tonight I was scrolling through my RSS aggregator (which includes subscriptions for several journals I follow) and this abstract caught my attention. The article's title, as well as the name of the ...
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Am I reading enough of the scientific literature? Should I read for breadth or depth?

Ever since starting graduate school I've tried to make scientific reading a part of my daily ritual; I track pages read using Beeminder, and the graph doesn't lie. It keeps me honest. I aim to ...