When I was a student in Baylor College of Medicine, I spent most of my time in front of computers analyzing data. One day I noticed that a few fellow students and postdocs, as well as our advisor, are discussing something. I moved closer and found they were talking about a paper on an imaging method.
I am pretty embarrassed because I never read the paper. I actually did not know when the paper was published. It was later did I realize that the paper was published a year ago! So I just stood there silently listening – but like many scientific discussions, you get very little when you did not prepare.
I wish I had a tool to discover relevant papers for me. At that time there were none so we had to develop a new one. It is called PaperBox. Today I use it everyday. I have set up about 50 “eyes”. Some on topics I am interested in (for example “fmri nirs”, or “social nirs”), some on researchers (for example, “read montague”, or “signe bray”). Whenever there are new publications on these topics, or by these authors, I will get an email from PaperBox. Quite often I discover something I would not without the tool. For example, just a few days ago PaperBox discovers a paper titled “BigBrain: an ultrahigh-resolution 3D human brain model“. This is a very nice paper so I forwarded it to our lab.
Do you also need a tool to track publications for you? You can try PaperBox (Disclaimer: I am the leading developer of PaperBox).
Where to download PaperBox? http://www.paper-box.co/