Here is a mini list of places to find interesting new papers:
- PRL http://prl.aps.org/ (their editor's picks can be useful)
- Nature http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html
- Nature Physics http://www.nature.com/nphys/index.html
- Nature Photonics http://www.nature.com/nphoton/index.html
- Science http://www.sciencemag.org/
Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science: http://scitation.aip.org/ultrafast/ (this is an edited collection of good papers from the field (covering many Journals), they offer email and RSS alerts too). Unfortunately they have discontinued their service!!
- arxiv: http://uk.arxiv.org/ less used in our field, but sometimes you get papers there before they get submitted for Journal review.
- web of knowledge (THE traditional search engine) click here to go straight to the search. I find it a bit slow to work with.
- Google scholar http://scholar.google.co.uk is a very useful tool. You can not only create a very targeted search easily, but you can also create an email alert from it to get an automated email every time a new hit is found. It can also keep track of your own papers and citations of them and calculate your h-index.
A less known but very very fast and good search engine is Scirus http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/ . It is also independent of google, so a plus for all the google haters... they are owned by Elsevier, though. So you have to pick the minor evil...they closed down...
- self-archiving means that you offer a pdf version of your own published paper for public download.
- This is useful to make your work more visible. (not all Universities are as rich as Imperial and have subscriptions to all Journals available)
- Most Journals (apart from Elsevier, (but there is some movement due to large boycott)) allow self-archiving (even of the published pdf-file). But check first before putting your paper online!
- You can use Imperial's own spiral system (I find it ridiculously cumbersome), or ResearchGate / Mendeley, or any personal website you have.