Stay up to date by reading 900 journals

Medical research is producing such a barrage of information that some doctors would need to read 900 different journals a year to stay up to date, a study finds.

The analysis by Queensland academics has borne out many doctors' suspicions: that research is now published in so many different journals it is effectively impossible to keep up.

To keep fully abreast of new research on cancer, for example, clinicians would now need to read 503 different journals. For cardiology, 374, for mental disorders, 545, and for neurology a staggering 896 (see