Why should I use Authorea to write my papers?

by Guest July 13, 2015

Matteo Cantiello is a theoretical astrophysicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and Authorea’s Chief Scientist. I am aware that a while back a lot of astronomers have tried out writing their research articles on Authorea, a web-based collaborative writing platform. Some were disappointed by the lack of certain advanced LaTeX features (e.g., deluxetables, […]


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Using WriteLaTeX for Collaborative Papers

by Guest January 12, 2015

Adric Riedel is a postdoctoral researcher at the College of Staten Island, working with the Brown Dwarf research in NYC (BDNYC)  group. We all love Google Docs. It’s a functional and convenient way to share and collaboratively edit documents across platforms, time zones, and even continents. We in the BDNYC group use it extensively. But […]


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In Science, Order Matters

by Jess K August 6, 2014

By EMMA PIERSON, cross-posted from FiveThirtyEight. People tell me that, as a female scientist, I need to stand up for myself if I want to succeed: Lean in, close the confidence gap, fight for tenure. Being a woman in science means knowing that the odds are both against you being there in the first place and against you staying there. Some of this […]


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8/1 Links from the Editor

by Danny Barringer August 1, 2014

Hello everyone, this is your content manager speaking. Since Fridays aren’t usually very active over here on AstroBetter, I’ve decided to try sharing some interesting links and stories that I’ve come across over the past week or so. I think I’ll try putting one of these together roughly every two weeks, unless there’s a lot […]


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How to Make Awesome Latex Tables

by Jess K September 13, 2013

Sometimes the normal tables in LaTeX just don’t do it for you.  You want to do something fancier or customize the table in a way that you just can’t do using the normal tabular environment.  This is why I like using the Deluxetable style in latex.  Deluxetable makes tables that are more flexible, and overall […]


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Communicating Science Workshop for Grad Students

by Guest February 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Chris Faesi, a graduate student at Harvard, on behalf of the organizers of the conference described below. To address the need for training in communication skills, and to enable future scientists to become ambassadors for their work and for science generally, members of the Astrobites and Chembites community are […]


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New ADS Paper Discovery Tool

by Guest May 28, 2012

This is a guest post by Dr. Tod Lauer, an Astronomer at NOAO. Tod’s research is focused on understanding the evolution and structure of galaxies, near and far. In this post, he introduces us to an excellent new tool provided by the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) for finding papers. The NASA Astrophysics Data Sytem […]


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Tools to write collaboratively

by Jane May 7, 2012

In a previous post, we discussed the benefits of collaboratively writing papers and proposals. Now, let’s talk tools to help you write collaboratively. This proposal season, I experimented with several different tools, and dragged my collaborators into the experiment. I tested out Google Docs (Kelle’s review),ScribTeX (Jane’s review), and Dropbox (Kelle’s review). There’s also ShareLaTeX, which I haven’t tried yet (Has anybody?  […]


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Why write collaboratively?

by Jane April 9, 2012

Let’s talk about how we write. The primary output of astronomers are papers and proposals — we have to obtain data & money, publish results, and repeat.  Here, I’m going to argue that we should write some of those words more collaboratively. Our default method of writing was invented when colleagues communicated by postal mail with […]


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Collaborative LaTeX writing: a review of ScribTeX

by Jane March 26, 2012

I’ve recently been experimenting with different methods to collaboratively write papers and proposals. In this post, I’ll review the strengths and weaknesses of ScribTeX. The upshot is I love this powerful, easy-to-use tool, despite a few flaws, and encourage you to check it out. ScribTeX is like Google Docs, but for LaTeX documents. It’s an […]


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