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Research Impact: Stay up-to-date in your field

Get strategies to increase the reach of your work and measure your research impact

Ensure you stay on top of new research and take advantage of discussions around current news and events to draw attention to your work.

Browse tables of contents of high impact journals and repositories

Browzine – an app that makes it easy to find, read and keep track of the latest articles

Set alerts for a range of databases and other services.

Subscribe to RSS feeds of journals and websites.

Some repositories and e-print servers include ‘What’s new’ pages or allow you to set alerts for new content.

Which journals in my field are high impact?

There are different measures for determining a journal’s prestige and reach, but journals appearing high in the list of journals rankings (ARWU Top 20 percent, Nature Global Index, JCR Impact Factor and others) can be a good place to start. The University of Sydney’s Journal Finder tool is an excellent place to locate journal rankings data.

Follow relevant social media accounts

Active social media users in your field can highlight new papers and how they are being received.

Platforms such as TwitterFacebook, or Mendeley may be particularly appropriate for this purpose.


Follow relevant blogs and websites

Regularly updated blogs and websites can be an excellent source of news about either specific research areas or academia and research in general.

Some sites allow you to subscribe to alerts for new content

Some examples of blogs you may find useful:


Set Google alerts

Save a search to Google Alerts to receive email notifications of new content matching your search. Instructions.


F1000 Prime and F1000 Research (for biology and medicine)

F1000, or the Faculty of 1000, offers a suite of services targeted primarily at disciplines within biology and medicine.

F1000 Prime offers a subscription article recommendation service. Articles are selected for recommendation by a ‘faculty’ of peer-nominated scientists and clinicians and recommendations are available across 40 ‘faculties’ or subject areas.

F1000 Research is a publication platform for open peer review. Articles that pass review are indexed in databases such as PubMed, Scopus and Google Scholar.