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Newton returned home (from Cambridge University) due to plague outbreak. If this occurred in modern times, he'd have University-granted access to all the top journals in whatever field he wanted via the web -- not just access to the selection of books he brought with him.

The doom-and-gloom about modern times is unnecessary. Where there is a will, intelligent minds will find a way. Hell... a motivated high-schooler can moonlight in a grad school lab and (pretty much) any of us would dole out authentication credentials for him to download whatever papers he'd like...




I want a personal feed of the latest landmark papers in computer science, right now. What do I need to do?


Would something like this help? https://www.acm.org/sigs


Not sure. I'm having a hard time determining exactly what is being offered here.

What I'd like is "published papers filtered for importance" (perhaps in a citation-count pagerank sense) combined with access to the actual content of the papers.

RSS or Atom. PDF or HTML. Ability to set thresholds would be nice too.


Obviously importance is often not evident immediately after publication. However, I'd be interested in reading a paper published five years ago if people decided just last week that it's awesome.


Citation count wouldn't be useful for recent papers. Beambot mentioned university-granted access - I think ACM can be expensive for individuals (depending what kind of access you buy). http://papersincomputerscience.org/ was doing something closer to what you wanted, but it seems to be dead now. It only had abstracts and discussion though. It's hard to find full text due to publishing agreements and copyrights.




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