Reading papers is one of the most important parts of being a researcher! But it is also one of the most nebulous, especially for new graduate students or undergraduates starting to work in a lab. 

What should I read? How much do people read? Should I be reading more? 

A lab reading tracker can help with this!  Not only does it provide a fun way for the lab to try to read more papers than the PI!!! But it also becomes a repository where new researchers can find papers that others in the lab find informative for their work. 

Harold Pimentel

With the Lab Reading Leaderboard, your lab can track the papers they read, set reading goals and can challenge other labs!  

While it does take about 20-30 minutes to set up, it is absolutely free and you will learn about Zapier, Slack and Shinyapp.io in the process! You will only need the free accounts for all of these. The README in the github repo should tell you everything you need to know:


While we have updated the Leaderboard app to work with the new google API and added multilab competition functionality, the original leaderboard was written by Harold Pimentel. You can check out his blog here:

A special thanks to Harold Pimentel, Rob Brown, Tommer Schwarz and Brandon Jew for working together to get this new version up and going!