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I think you should use a destinated software for managing your reference files. Article titles usually are quite lengthy and I (personally) would leave them out of the filename or at least only use an abbreviated version. There are a lot of powerful solutions to manage literature and reference information. It would be very helpful to know more about your ...


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Paper boxes might be a good solution. I mean the boxes printer/copier paper is sold in by the case, multiple reams per box. Most offices seem to treat them as recyclable trash, as do print/copy shops. I've seen them in sizes that would allow for 1 or 2 stacks. If you use the 2 stack size, they have to be pretty neat stacks to fit side by side, there isn't ...


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Actually - What I do when I have a stack of pages to be scanned is use a photocopier - a very large proportion of the modern ones have 'send as pdf' functions (it was a godsend when I moved all my paperwork into evernote). All four offices I've worked in since then have had a photocopier with the same functionality so I think it might be suprisingly common ...


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The GTD book was written at a time when paper-based would be the norm, for at least many of the executives that it was directed towards. The flow does not need any computer or electronic means, which is why one very popular productivity blog took the name 43 Folders after the GTD idea of having that many physical folders to manage your items (across days of ...


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All file naming conventions suffer from the same problem: they are arbitrary and don't allow users to find the information they want quickly. With that being said I try giving my documents fairly descriptive names while at the same time trying to keep them short. I think Google Docs would solve the problem you are experiencing. I keep all of my digital ...


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Using the file name as an organizational tool is not the appropriate strategy. The appropriate strategy will focus on the ability to search your documents as others have mentioned and the ability to apply descriptive metadata. Descriptive meta data is about layering your categorization so you can organize your documents by multiple parameters. I would ...


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You need software that lets you search within the PDF text. The filename should almost be irrelevant, because you are probably more likely to remember a sentence or concept from within the paper than the exact author name. A program like Evernote can do in-document searching; in fact, your normal operating system should be able to look within most OCRed ...


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Caution: I've been doing this for 8+ years, so I'm pretty much committed to my way of doing things. Beware of commitment bias! Here's my flow for your reference. I use a similar file naming scheme: Author1_Author2_Title_JournalAbbrev_Year.pdf I have a directory structure that group papers I read/saved for a day nested inside a rough classification: ...



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