Help me discover recent 'Best Seller' scientific journal articles to read in 2013.
Thanks to a graduate course I'm taking, I just rediscovered "The Hallmarks of Cancer
," a fantastic review article published in the journal Cell
in 2000. (That's right, it's a scientific article with its own Wikipedia page.) I read this in college in 2003, and it's one of very few papers that stuck with me from my undergrad days. As of 2011, it was also Cell's
most-cited article, and so popular that the authors revisited it to put out a sequel to it the same year.
I want to read more papers like this across multiple disciplines. Not necessarily great research, but fantastic "state of the field" review, synthesis, and novel thinking on how all the different pieces come together, and what that might mean going forward. Note: I'm biased towards the life sciences, but interested in other fields, too.
I've seen this thread
and a few others, but don't want particular article recommendations or journals to subscribe to, just a methodology for how to find things. I've got a knack for good search strategies when I'm looking for a particular topic or piece of information, but when I'm just seeking "papers that are amazing," I'm not sure how to go about it.
Obviously I could just turn to a publication like Annual Reviews, but I'd like suggestions on other ways to discover fantastic (and ideally fun to read, at least for a huge science nerd) scholarly articles online, regardless of their publication. Are there end of the year "top 10 lists" I'm not aware of? Great indexing sites? Other strategies you use to find good reads that aren't just within one specific sub-discipline? I'm vaguely aware that I might be able to use impact factors to hunt down most-cited papers, but not sure of the best way to go about that. Thoughts?
I'm a remote student, so assume I have excellent database access, but won't be walking into a library.