ResBaz Curriculum

Hello, welcome to the online curriculum for the Authorea hands-on session at ResBaz! This curriculum is intended to walk you through the exercises and challenges that we will cover during the Authorea workshop. You can access it at

First things, first. We will work in groups of 4-5 people. Why? Because most article collaborations in science have become less and less single authored, and more collaborative. And, 4-5 author collaborations seem to be a quickly growing trend in recent years.

Create an article

The purpose of this session is for your group to write a research paper together. So, each group should nominate a person to create the new article. If you are that person, go ahead and create an article! Note: If your group is for the most part social scientists or scholars for the humanities, make sure you create an article in Markdown. (You have to click on Advanced Settings).

Add your coauthors

The person who created the article is now the admin of the paper. They can (and should!) add coauthors to the paper (all the people in the group), so that you can all work on it together. Co-authors will be added by their email and they will receive an activation link to complete account registration.


Now that you’re all part of an article collaboration, go to it and play around! Let’s spend a few minutes familiarizing ourselves with the platform. Can we edit together? Can we add new text?

Simple writing challenge

Let’s write a few paragraphs together. You can find some text below. It is divided in four paragraphs. It is fairly simple text, but it is lightly formatted (bold, italic, lists). Your task is to reproduce what you see below in your Authorea article. You will have to use web friendly LaTeX or Github-flavored markdown to input formatted text. Hint: since there are 4 paragraphs, try and split the work between all of you, i.e., create 4 different blocks.

When we look to the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us, is, that they generally differ much more from each other, than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature.

When we reflect on the vast diversity of the plants and animals which have been cultivated, and which have varied during all ages under the most different climates and treatment, I think we are driven to conclude that this greater variability is simply due to our domestic productions having been raised under conditions of life not so uniform as, and somewhat different from, those to which the parent-species have been exposed under nature.

There is, also, I think, some probability in the view propounded by Thomas Andrew Knight (Wikipedia), that this variability may be partly connected with excess of food. It seems pretty clear that

  1. organic beings must be exposed during several generations to the new conditions of life to cause any appreciable amount of variation;

  2. that when the organisation has once begun to vary, it generally continues to vary for many generations.

No case is on record of a variable being ceasing to be variable under cultivation. Our oldest cultivated plants, such as wheat, still often yield new varieties: our oldest domesticated animals are still capable of rapid improvement or modification.