Markdown for Manuscripts: Enhancements

Today was my first time using markdown for a manuscript methods section (see previous post on getting set up in markdown). It had lots of equations so using LaTeX to write the equations was quite nice. Here’s an example of the markdown code: \\[ \mu_{s,h,d,y} = \left\{ \begin{array}{1 1} \omega_{s,h,d,y} + \delta_{s}(t_{s,h,d-1,y} – \omega_{s,h,d-1,y}) &…

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Academic Social Networking

Online social networking was basically unheard of just a decade ago, now it’s integrated into the fabric of American society. Facebook pages advertised on the national news and twitter hashtags pop up everywhere. And it’s not just American society either, as evidenced by the use of Twitter for social organization during the Arab Spring. From…

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Teaching Scientific Computing: Peer Review

This post is going out on a bit of a limb because I am not familiar with the pedagogical literature relating to teaching scientific computing. As such, I can only speak from my very limited experience. I’ve taken a couple short courses on scientific computing, but the only formal full-semester course I’ve taken was Introduction…

Open Access Publishing

As those who know me IRL or follow me on twitter (@djhocking), I am advocate for open science. This includes data sharing, open source software, open access to code of analysis, and open source publishing. This is my first post on the subject. I actually started this post back on 02 April 2013 but then…

Regular Expressions to Increase MS Word Efficiency

Just a quick post today. I was formatting an article for submission to the journal Biological Conservation. In the instructions for the authors, I came across the line “Use decimal points (not commas); use a space for thousands (10 000 and above).” For me that means numbers like 1,565 need to become 1565 (smaller than…