At Authorea, we want to change the way scientists communicate and share their research. This includes giving all the information behind figures a place to live: by letting readers and reviewers access your data and code, your results can be easily reproduced and extended. ADDING DATA TO ARTICLES It’s really easy to incorporate Jupyter Notebooks as well as datasets in your articles. This guide illustrates the step-by-step procedure to easily add any arbitrary dataset to an Authorea article, by navigating to the Data folder, and adding files there (they get added to the Authorea’s underlying Git repository). ADDING DATA “BEHIND” FIGURES You can also associate data and Jupyer Notebooks to a specific figure. This guide illustrates the step-by-step procedure for adding a figure to an Authorea document and attaching data and Jupyer Notebooks to it. Whenever Authorea documents detect “data behind a figure”, a data flag icon appears next to the figure, as for the figure below. The icon is meant to alert you, your collaborators and readers that some data is available behind the figure.
Social media is generally discouraged in science today. A recent article, "I'm a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer" castigated scholars with active online social lives. Most advisors won't ask you to "tweet out our paper" or "write a blog post about our findings" and it's likely that you'd close Twitter or Reddit if your colleague or advisor walked by. Some conferences have taken it so far as to enforce a "no tweeting" policy. But social networking is here to stay and will likely become even more integrated into our lives and research.
Nobel prize winning ideas are not always accepted by the community. By definition, they are paradigm shifting, revolutionary. Accordingly, many breakthroughs that are in our textbooks today were initially rejected, if not ridiculed, by the scientific community. Howard Temin proposed a reversal of the central dogma, wherein RNA could create DNA. It was called "ludicrous" and his Nobel "came after a lonely battle to overcome derisive criticism from scientific leaders who refused to believe in his theory that some viruses carry their genetic information in the form of RNA, which is then copied into DNA in infected cell." Similarly, Werner Arber, the scientist who discovered restriction enzymes worked, "in a climate of almost total indifference, notably that of the committees and organizations tasked with allocating funds for research" Jacob 1998.Here we outline 8 Nobel prize papers that were initially rejected by anonymous pre-publication peer review and ask, "What Nobel ideas are we rejecting and/or delaying today?"
DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid. It is the molecule of life and it is being abused.Abused not by PCR machines and sloppy grad student's in labs but by journalists, designers, and many others on social media.How is it being misrepresented? Like people, DNA has a handedness (right handed vs left handed), or in scientific jargon chirality. DNA is right-handed, meaning it twists up and to the right. It may not be obvious from just looking at the double helix but it's all in the twist. See image below.
Research: the process by which we understand the world, ourselves, and other phenomena ranging from the alpha helix of a protein to the societal movements in politics is what life is. That may be a bit too grandiose, but research is an integral part of advancing humankind forward.Said differently, research is the engine by which progress occurs. Yet, performing successful research is something that is not easy. Unlocking the secrets of life is a laborious task and it requires cooperation amongst people in real time as well as those that came before us. Key to this progress is clarity, completeness, and access. One might guess that this is the what defines the research publishing community. One might be wrong.Scholarly research is for the most part locked behind expensive paywalls in forms that resemble more of something like a trophy than a document used for conveying important of pieces of research in the best manner possible. While there are lots of things occurring in scholarly research that don't make sense, one blatant one stands out. We charge researchers to access other researchers documents-- not in the name of sustainability, but in the name of profit. In fact, we had to invent a word to describe a publication process that is conducive to research: open access. What is #OpenAccess and what is it good for? Absolutely everything, as far as research is concerned.
Write, edit, submit, revise, resubmit, resubmit, resubmit, resubmit.... Okay, you get the point: we send our manuscripts to lots of journals. The time formatting and reformatting manuscripts is a pain and it is one we are working to ease. Your valuable time should be spent on your research, not tiresome formatting. Today, we've added 8,249 article templates to Authorea! With the addition of these templates we now make it easy for you to write your article for just about any journal out there. We hope you won't submit to all 8,000+ different journals but at least you now have the power to do so! We've also made it easy for users to create their own templates, so if you see a template missing, please feel free to create one.So...How does it work? It couldn't be any simpler. Just browse our template section for inspiration. Don't start from scratch. Our templates give you a mold that you can shape to your liking. Working feverishly on a research paper, grant proposal, university thesis or a class project? We do them all. Focus on your writing on the web, and enjoy Authorea's single streamlined web view of scholarly text. Once finished, you're truly finished - forget about formatting issues. With just a couple of clicks through our Export flow, you're ready to send in that submission! Authorea's journal templates follow correct citations guidelines outlined by the journals, at no extra effort for our authors.We're really just getting started. If you need to send a printout to a colleague in draft shape, line-numbered and double-spaced, it's a selection away. Different journal? Same breeze. Your text, data, visuals, and citations will be updated automatically behind the scenes. In the unlikely event you hit a hurdle, our 24/7 support team will be happy to quality control your article and quickly get it back on the fast track to getting published.This is the first step towards making the writing and publication process as seamless as possible but we've got lot's more coming. We hope you'll join us so that we can make scholarly writing and publishing more effective and more enjoyable. Happy writing!