Tool tip #15: stay up to date with Feedly

Published on
May 19, 2020

One of the essential tasks of researchers is to stay up to date with scientific publications in their research field. However, this is challenging with an ever growing body of literature. We introduce Feedly, a tool that allows you to keep track on journals of interest.


Feedly is a web-based news aggregrator application based on Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. RSS is a format with which websites provide a simplified version of their content. This content can come from news, blogs, social media posts and, not unimportantly, scientific journals without having to go to the content source site. You can run Feedly on your desktop or mobile (iOS and android), but there is also a cloud-based service available.

How to use Feedly

An account is easily set up with an email activation process and can be connected with Facebook and Twitter. After creating an account, Feedly shows a clear user friendly interface in which you can set up feeds with a certain topic (e.g. ‘Journals’) to which you can assign specific feeds (e.g. journals of interest). This allows you to stay up to date on the latest published articles, which can be shared via e-mail, OneNote and several social media platforms.

Additionally, Feedly allows you to gather the articles of interest found for the basis of, for example, a paper or a grant application in one place. This can be achieved by creating so-called boards. Individual and team boards can be build, the latter which can be shared with others (e.g. co-authors). Note that Feedly is free of charge up to 100 sources and creating three boards.

Do you have more questions about Feedly? Please contact Irene Verhagen.

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In the series of Tool tips, Library staff review handy research tools. Think of tools that can help you with publishing your research, accessing literature, and managing data. Interested in other tool tips? You can find them on the right-side of this page. Please let us know if you have a research tool that others might find handy.