Beware the academic hipster (or, use what works for you) UPDATED
UPDATE: Be sure to read the comments below, and my response
As a newly-minted PhD student, I was talking with a friend about writing papers. “Use LaTeX”, he said. I thought he meant the rubbery material commonly found in lab gloves. But apparently not. LaTeX (pronounced “lay-tech”) is typesetting software that he used for writing papers.
Eager to be on the cutting edge of scholarship, I spent a few days learning how LaTeX worked, how to insert symbols, figures, and tables. I even produced my thesis proposal with it. But my supervisor used Word exclusively, and I had no compelling reason to use LaTeX over Word, so I switched back.
Fast-forward a few years. Now, everyone should be using markdown in a plain text editor, doing statistics in R, uploading versions to github or figshare, and managing citations with JabRef, BibTex or Mendeley. Apparently, Word, Excel, Endnote, and SPSS are…
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