Introduction Scientific publishing is undergoing a transition from corporate-controlled, for-profit publishing to more open models. While “Open-Access”, is part of this, there are a number of considerations important in true “Open Publishing”: Free access to the public (who pays for most of the research via their taxes!) Free submission of articles by authors Open Data - where original data and analysis workflows are made public Creative Commons - otherwise known as Copyleft, where rights are retained by the author but the content is usable with attribution Transparency of the review process (with or without anonymity) Open software, standards and tools used in the publication process This post will focus on item (6) from above.
LaTeX is a fantastic way to create and display print-ready scientific documents. There are a number of different ways to edit and produce LaTeX documents, which we’ll revist in a future post. In this post, I want to deal with one of the major issues that people find difficult with LaTeX: tables. LaTeX can certainly produce any type of table you’d like to create, but it does so in a way that can be very difficult to follow visually.