Every scientist finds it increasingly difficult to keep up with literature in the current flood of scientific information. Just following the literature is more than a full-time job. The computerized searching systems are becoming more and more valuable since these days nobody is able to scan personally through all the journals of interest. A narrow special field can still be followed in a comprehensive manner, but this will mean that the old cliché is becoming a reality that we know more and more about less and less.
What should be done? One way would be to reduce the amount of material published, but as the number of scientists today is larger than ever before there is bound to be more scientific literature as well. The other solution, which has to be done on an individual basis, is to reduce and refocus the material to read. Obviously, one has to follow