Day 11 – Authorea (Writing)

Authorea-navbarThis week, we focus on tools that support your writing – innovations for authors. Let’s dive into Day 11 with a look at Authorea.  (Day 11?  See 30toolsfor30days!)

Authorea is a web-based collaborative writing platform with a robust version control system (Git) that supports writing in many formats – LaTeX and Markdown, HTML, Javascript, and more; it’s been called “Google Docs for Scientists.” Some of Authorea’s benefits include …

Makes collaborative authoring easy

  • Authorea supports multiple authors – each section is locked independently while it’s being worked on
  • there’s good support for comments, public and private, for feedback and discussion
  • every Authorea paper is a Git repo; version control allows you to track changes.

It’s user-friendly …authorea.demo

  • write from within your browser, no need to install a TeX editor
  • find and manage references easily – search papers by author, title, keyword, or DOI – Authorea creates the bibliography. Or, import references from EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero.
  • get started with a document template – provided for a number of major publishers, conferences, reports and grant proposals (including NSF)
  • export your document in any one of any of about 90 different journal, publisher, or conference formats, including those of Nature, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

.. but it’s also friendly to power users

  • there’s support for advanced LaTeX users (‘How to Write Power LaTeX in Authorea”)
  • authors can easily include data and code in their papers, like IPython Notebooks; or interactive figures such as diagrams based on an external source like CartoDB or on your own javascript library.

Finally, Authorea supports and encourages Open Science through its business model – choose to create your articles as public documents and promote greater openness, transparency, sharing and re-use within the scientific community; or collaborate within a closed group of co-authors. Our license with Authorea allows Dartmouth users to create up to 50 closed (private, shared only with invited collaborators) articles (more than the free account allows) – so be sure to sign up with your Dartmouth email address!

Find out more:

We’ll continue looking at tools that support writing for the rest of the week. Tune in tomorrow, and for the rest of the week, for quick intros to Overleaf, Mendeley, Zotero, and WebCite.


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