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Online collaborative writing

 

If you have needed to write a manuscript with co-workers on different sites you will know what a pain it can be to keep track of the latest version as everyone makes additions and changes. There is a very useful article in Nature 514, 127–128 (02 October 2014) doi, describing several browser-based collaborative writing tools.

Four tools are described, writeLaTeX, shareLaTeX, Fidus Writer, Authorea, whilst you can also use something like Google docs these tools are aimed squarely at those writing technical articles, with support for building bibliographies and incorporating references from reference managers. For a great introduction to drawing chemical structures in Latex have a look at https://www.sharelatex.com/learn/Chemistry_formulae and http://chimpsky.uwaterloo.ca/mol2chemfig/

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