What should the scientific record look like in the digital age?
By Julia Schölermann

A guest blog post by Julia Schölermann

Join us at the SpotOn conference in London on Friday Nov 9th 3-4 pm to discuss the possibilities and implications of rethinking the scientific record. Join the conversation live on twitter using #solo13digital or read our session notes - prepared collaboratively and on the fly using and pushed to figshare at the conclusion of the session.

Video Lectures are Good: MOOCs for science dissemination and an open access to education
castello miramare
Castello Miramare, Trieste.

– John Lees-Miller reporting from Trieste

Hello from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy! The ICTP supports science and science education in the developing world, and we got an invite to one of their workshops.

As usual, I learned much more from the workshop than the workshop did from me. I was invited to talk about writeLaTeX and how it makes collaboration easier for scientists and students around the world. But this post is about all the other great stuff at the workshop.

LaTeX templates for BioMed Central, F1000Research, PLoS, Springer LNCS and IOP journals

Here we present a collection of five journal article templates pre-loaded into writeLaTeX and ready for immediate editing online

BioMed Central Journal Article LaTeX Template Screenshot
A set of 21 video tutorials introducing LaTeX (with workable examples)

Dr Vincent Knight of the University of Cardiff spent Sunday screencasting a set of 21 introductory videos for his new set of students (the academic year is just starting here in the UK).

We hope these are useful for the wider community - the full set of videos are embedded in this blog post for easy reference.

New feature: Toggle between auto-compile and manual-compile modes in writeLaTeX

You can now choose to pause the automatic preview of the compiled document - simply click the option in the top right corner of the preview:

auto preview pause screenshot

The preview will now stay paused, and will not update until you choose to refresh it manually, or turn the auto-preview back on.