Not an Academic but Similar Problem
I'm not an academic but I have a similar problem. I try to keep up with current reading in a number of fields,
genetic advances in ruminant biology
Anglo Saxon weapons & armor
nutrition research on low carb diets
and about 15 other general topics.
I have several google searches that send me an automatic list of items that meet my search criteria.
I don't have as much access to the scientific papers so I tend to get the abstracts and then try to get a friend with journal access to get me the papers as PDF files. I can't get back to them so I always download the PDF copies of anything that looks remotely interesting onto my own machine.
I'm filing them in an electronic system. I change the file names to indicate contents and then do an index of those folders in DEVONThink. In my DT database I have folders that are by subject and I have a read/review folder and a read now folder. The read/review contains papers whose abstracts looked interesting. The mobil index is with me all the time and the read/review and read now folders are also with me all the time on my iPhone.
What I was doing is setting a weekly recurring project to read abstracts of papers and get copies of ones that looked interesting. About half of those just go into the filing system and never get read until I do a search because I need some more info. About half were going into the read/review folder and I'd chip away at them by reading at least the abstract, procedures and conclusions of every paper. If they were still interesting or useful I'd move them to a read now folder on my Mac and try to knock off 2-3 papers a week from that folder.
What I am starting to do is to put the read/review and read now folders of papers on my iPad and then carry it with me so I can read them anywhere. That project has prompted a search for a different purse that can carry the iPad comfortably. Another thing I am considering is buying a new kindle that can take PDF files directly without conversion and using that as I like the kindle screen for reading black and white stuff better. I have bits of time where I can read that I could use to try to keep caught up.
Not sure that helps but it's how I'm dealing with all the papers I want to read.
Oogie McGuire - Mac, iPhone & Omnifocus
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Paonia, CO USA