Journal Clubs are a great way to learn new research ideas and to keep up with the literature. The idea is that a group of people get together every week or so to discuss a paper of joint interest. This can happen within your own research group or department, or virtually online.
There is now a virtual journal club operating in conjunction with CrossValidated.com. The first paper discussed was on text data mining. It appears that the next paper may be on collaborative filtering.
The emphasis is on Open Access papers, preferably with associated software that is freely available. Some of the discussion tends to centre on how to implement the ideas in R.
For those of us in Australia, the timing is tricky. The first discussion took place at 3am local time!
If you can’t make the CrossValidated Journal Club chats, why not start your own local club?