Keeping up with others' research
Between keeping up with your own research agenda, how do you find time to keep up with what others are publishing? I share these strategies with graduate students and colleagues, and it is good to have them listed in one place. Obviously, these strategies do not substitute for a comprehensive bibliography, but they do serve as a nice and easy supplement.
- Set up a Google Scholar alerts for specific topics or individual researchers.
- Join ResearchGate and follow researchers and projects
- Set up alerts from the journals that publish on your topic, and also from the main ones in the discipline.
- Follow journals and researchers on Twitter
- Once a week (or as time allows), go through the alerts/notifications, and download the articles that seem relevant to your current research, and also those that are of potential interest; I also download those articles relevant to classes I teach for when I update the syllabi.
- I use Zotero for keeping track of references, and initially put all downloaded articles in a 'to file' folder, unless the folder already exists. Eventually, I go through these files to assign them to relevant folders.
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Petia Kostadinova is a scholar of European politics. This page contains notes, posted very occasionally, on topics relevant to research and the