Tool tip: stay up to date with Feedly

Published on
May 19, 2020

An essential task 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 of 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). There is also a cloud-based service available.

How to use Feedly

You can easily set up an account with an email activation process and can be connected to Facebook and Twitter. After you create an account, Feedly has 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. These updates can be shared through e-mail, OneNote and several social media platforms.

Feedly also allows you to gather your research articles in one place. You can do this by creating 'boards'. Individual and team boards can be built, the latter which can be shared with others (e.g. co-authors). Note that Feedly is free of charge for up to 100 sources and three boards.

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

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