So many papers get published you can't read them all. What are my criteria?
- Does the paper discuss topics I've researched?
- Does the paper discuss work I might be able to followup on, or get into myself?
- Is the paper by someone in my field (even if it is of no real interest, I want to know what close peers are working on)?
Not too many papers get selected by the above, so it's a good screen. What's left then whether the paper deals with on an interesting topic or an interesting result, but that can be hard to tell just looking quickly at the title and abstract, so I also look at the author. And here, all the ugly, but arguably necessary, prejudices come into play.