As scientists, we read all the time. However, reading can become a highly chronophagic activity, especially when we need to perform experiments, attend conferences and write grant applications at the same time.
Well, this ideal situation actually exists, and has for a long time now: Each PubMed search is displayed in one specific color. You can easily guess what my own interests are. You may already be familiar with PubMed search email alerts, as they have been recently described on BitesizeBio 2.
Personally, I find that this method has the potential to further inflate your already about-to-explode email inbox. Procedure What you need to have: Once you have familiarized yourself with PubMed searches, set up a GoogleReader account, installed the GreaseMonkey add-on, and then installed the Google Reader Colorful List View pheeew… , you can 1- consider yourself a serious geek, and 2- go through the following steps to set up your reading list.
A tiny window will pop up: RSS feed icon and menu. A new window will open Figure 3: You might see something different, depending on your browser. One of the possible displays of the XML file. We just need to copy the URL in the browser address bar.
GoogleReader will automatically update its display and the PubMed search results should appear Figure 4B. It will also automatically update as soon as the RSS feed is updated, i. Your only effort now will be to browse through the articles.
All you need to do is paste the URL in the subscription bar. Instant display of the PubMed results in GoogleReader. You have now completed all of the technical considerations. GoogleReader has a number of other interesting features starring, tagging, emailing, etc. This considerably increases the readability of your article list, especially when you accumulate lots of different RSS feeds.
There are of course some limitations, though I suspect these will fade as your skill with using PubMed searches increases. Automatic and live update of published articles. Fast to browse, nice to read, easy to organize. No email in your inbox. You can star, tag, share and much more. Just play with it.
Risk of missing articles if your PubMed search is too stringent. Risk of getting buried under tons of articles if your PubMed search is not stringent enough. Risk of not browsing on PubMed anymore, which could mean missing some interesting, though unrelated, papers. I hope you find this technique useful or interesting. Tell us what you think in the comments section!