Notes from Authorea Lunch.
Met with 3 users. 1 Mechanical Engineering (Research Scientist), 1 Kavli Institute (astrophysics and astronomy) (Research Scientist), 1 postdoc Materials Science and Engineering.
Strengths of Authorea:
Collaboration in writing, easy to have multiple editors and to see the changes that have been made. (good versioning control and commenting function.) Have worked on articles with 15 authors. (Uses a versioning control system from GIT)
Can access the article you are writing from multiple locations because it is web based.
Citing is very easy. Can cite using DOI, from a bibtek file, and at least from 1 database (ADS which is the default astronomy database. (Actually looking at this I don't see that ADS is an option but I think perhaps it is that ADS includes the DOI so you can do it that way. Database choices are Cross ref, pubmed, or local --wonder if that means you can grab things from say your Mendeley file and insert. Will try.)
Can write in latek, markdown or rich text. (When I created my account it asked me what I usually write in, Word was a choice and the experience feels very much like writing in word.
Adding equations and figures works very well (mentioned that google docs is lousy for this.)
Renders your article in a variety of journal formats which makes journal submission very easy. (We should check the number of formats and compare to overleaf.)
Good comment and annotation function. (We should play with that.)
The mentioned that authorea is working on a way to enable authors to share data (or enable readers to interact with the data that is behind figures. (may have this wrong.)
Asked them how they usually find articles etc. The astronomer uses ADS which is the default database for that discipline. Another mentioned Google Scholar, in particular the alert service that he found extremely good at forwarding relevant articles based on his google scholar profile. (We should look at this.)
Nobody really talked about other databases or Mendeley.