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  • Why not using Authorea to write your next ALMA proposal?

    Figure above: The Sun falling over the ALMA antennas already installed on the Chajnantor plateau, at an altitude of 5,000 meters. Meanwhile, a transporter moves one of the last antennas to its final position. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), C. Padilla.

    Astronomer’s agendas are full of deadlines. The next big one for most of us is the deadline for ALMA Cycle 3 proposals at the end of April. Observing proposals are quite specific papers. They need to be short, well focused and they are often written by many collaborators in a limited amount of time.

    Authorea is just the perfect tool for efficient collaborative proposal writing. It allows several co-authors to work simultaneously on the proposal text. One of your colleagues is a world-class expert on HL Tau? Why not inviting him on board and ask him to write the context section of your next proposal on protoplanetary disks? Another one is an interferometry guru and knows all the gory details of the ALMA array configurations and receiver setups? Then why not let him write the technical justification directly? And all other co-authors can comments on the proposal text at the same time, without worrying about having the latest version. No more last minute email exchanges, all authors are always up-to-date.

    And since the Authorea team has just added an option to export your text to ALMA proposal format, why not use Authorea to start writing your next proposal?

    Click here to start writing your ALMA proposal now.

    Happy proposal writing!