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How many scholarly articles are written in LaTeX?

Assuming that a portion of these hard science papers were written in LaTeX (using the percentages of LaTeX penetration from Table 1) we find that **in 2014: 418,732 out of 2,253,230 articles (18%) were written using LaTeX**.

The number of LaTeX articles was calculated as follows:

- Mathematics and Statistics: 151,085 (92% LaTeX = 138,998)
- Physics and Astronomy: 274,287 (60% LaTeX = 164,572)
- Computer Science: 255,916 (45% LaTeX = 115,162)

What do you think? Do you have other ideas on how to estimate how many people use LaTeX? Let me know by commenting on this post.

Sébastien Maret7 months ago · PublicI’m surprised by the LaTeX rate for Astronomy & Astrophysics. The main journals (A&A, ApJ, MNRAS) encourage authors to format their manuscript with LaTeX, so I would have thought that the LaTeX rate would be higher than that. Brichoux & Leganeux (2009) say that they selected journal randomly, so there might be a bias here: these journals are not necessarily the major ones.