Today I think I’m finally giving up on my old system.
The old system was email subscriptions to the table of contents (TOC) of about 30 different journals that i filed under a gmail label and reviewed roughly monthly. If I saw a title or abstract that interested me then I’d pull the pdf and read it at my leisure. I now have over 1500 pdfs that I’ve read over the past 4 or 5 years.
This was an incredibly time-sucking task that often didn’t help me that much in finding the stuff I want to read.
So I think, given the proliferation of alternative sources of literature review out there I’m going to ease off on tracking the journals a bit. Let me outline my new alternatives.
- 40 papers a month by two of the sharpest minds in Emergency Medicine These guys taught me how to read a paper. After listening to the “tape” I comb through the 40 papers in the abstracts and pull the pdfs of the ones that really catch my eye
- NB this is a subscription service that I get for free through my EMRA membership [Ed. this is the best $50 you will ever spend in emergency medicine...]. Can be pricy if you’re a non-trainee
Emergency Medicine Update [#FOAMed]
- Yosef Leibman does a stellar review of the non-mainline journals and pulls out some real crackers. I pull the pdfs on only the ones I really want to get the detail of.
R&R in the Fast Lane [#FOAMed]
- Somewhat infrequent but a great place to find out what your peers have been reading
- Another subscription service – I just use the free version to get the titles of the papers
Keeping up with Emergency Medicine [#FOAMed]
- another great podcast of journal reviews.
EM Literature of Note [#FOAMed]
- Ryan started his site around the time I started mine and after a while I did less and less of the critical review stuff because… well… he’s just so much better at it than I am. He also finds lots of papers that you won’t find in the main EM journals
St Emlyns Twitter Journal Club [#FOAMed]
- there’s been a twitter journal club for a while ran mainly by @silv24 but this one comes from the Virchester crew and is EM specific
- Cliff is doing the hard work at 4am to find the papers we should be reading. Cheers Cliff!
- rarely a day goes by that I’m not following a link on Twitter to pub med and downloading a pdf to read later. This is a truly invaluable source
These are just a selection of the resources I’ve been using over the past couple of years but which I’ll be relying on from now on.
The problem with this is that you have to trust your filter. It’s almost like a pseudo-publication bias. If people only read papers that have been tweeted then lots of important stuff (that may be contradictory to your position) will not get read.
Of course this problem exists already in that all of us have a tendency to read (and remember) stuff that interests us.
Feel free to chime in with comments and suggestions in the comments.