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Current research

Learn about tools that will help you keep you up to date with current research.

There are a variety of ways for you to keep up to date with current research in your field. Here are some resources that may help you.

LSE research

LSE produces vast amounts of research in the social sciences. As the Library we collect research outputs and, where possible, make the references and full-text available through our repositories. The two main repositories are:

Keep up to date

with journal alerts

You can set up alerts so that when new research is published you receive a notification. You can also browse issues of journals that are popular in your field of study.

  • Zetoc - use this service to set up alerts about new publications and also to receive tables of contents from your favourite journals.
  • BrowZine - an app, which allows you to keep up to date with the key journals in your subject area. You can browse the most recent tables of contents, save individual articles to your personal library and export citations to Endnote or Mendeley.

with database alerts

Most bibliographic and citation databases will allow you to set up regular email alerts on a given topic, keyword or author. They can be set up so that you will be informed every time new publications match your initial search query, saving you time and keeping you up to date with the latest research in your field.

The list of LSE bibliographic databases offering this service can be found on Library Search.

LSE Library also subscribes to a wide range of citation providers such as Scopus, Web of Science which provide such services as well as citation alerts on any specific article or researcher. To find out more about them, see the citation analysis and research visibility webpage.

Open access repositories

Two major collections of open access repositories around the world are:

Working papers

Generally these are prelimary papers that authors release to share ideas about a topic or to get feedback before submitting for publication. 

  • ArXiv - open access papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. 
  • Cogprints - self-archived papers in philosophy and other areas, covering mind, language, knowledge, science and logic.
  • EconPapers - uses the RePEc bibliographic and author data, providing access to the largest collection of online economics working papers and journal articles.
  • European Research Papers Archive - gateway to European integration research papers.
  • IDEAS - the largest bibliographic database dedicated to economics and available freely online. Also includes papers on accounting and finance.
  • RePEc - over 1,500 archives from 76 countries with approximately 1.4m Economics research pieces from 1,700 journals and 3,700 working paper series.
  • PhilSci Archive - an electronic archive for pre-prints in the philosophy of science.
  • SSRN - the SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 498,800 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection containing over 406,700 downloadable full text documents.