What happens when a tool is built specifically for research communication?
Writing your research. Adding references. Creating equations. Citing. Adhering to journal guidelines. Formatting!
If you had written a research paper or thesis on traditional tools such as MS Word, Google docs, etc., you know the pain. With all due respect, these tools create a lot of value for creating general-purpose documents. But when it comes to research communication, the needs are so specific that the current writing experience is completely fragmented and inefficient.
That’s exactly why we built Typeset — a writing and collaboration tool for researchers. Here are 9 ways we are making it easier and simpler for you to write research compared to traditional writing tools and generic editors.
- Built for research: With writing tools that are not built for research, authors rely heavily on plugins. Plugins for adding references. Plugins for adding scientific tables. Plugins for everything. Typeset is specifically built for research, so all the above research-related actions come inbuilt with the editor. This makes the writing process intuitive and easy.
- Authors become authors again: Generic writing tools make authors responsible for the look and feel of the document. So instead of just focusing on writing the content, you now have to edit your document for the tenth time to get the margin spacing right! Typeset automates the typesetting so that you can focus on what is really important — writing your research.
- Does all the heavy lifting: In traditional writing tools, you have to manually perform all the formatting required in presenting the document according to journal guidelines. This becomes much more critical because your research paper can get rejected for not following the specifications! Typeset automatically generates journal-compliant documents without the need to go through complex instructions. Also, read our blog on why writers are moving away from manual formatting.
- Easy to switch formats: As if it is not enough that you format to one journal’s specifications, you got to redo the formatting every time you submit to a different journal! In spite of some publishers trying to solve this problem, this is still a major issue. Typeset allows you to easily re-format your content to any journal in a click.
- Invisible templates: MS Word, Google Docs, etc., treat templates as forms, constraining authors within the limits of the format. This does not allow for a free flow writing experience. Typeset templates work on the background, guiding you in adhering to journal guidelines and generating “publishing ready” documents at the end.
- Powerful version control: With traditional tools such as MS Word, authors are used to saving multiple versions of the same document for the lack of version control. This makes managing, comparing and reverting content incredibly painful. Typeset allows you to mark any version of your work as you write allowing you to experiment with new ideas. You can see the evolution of your document, restore back to a specific version and compare versions.
- Simplified collaboration: Offline writing tools depend on emails for sharing documents and collaboration. This leads to difficulties in tracking changes and getting everyone in sync is a nightmare. Even with online editors such as Google Docs, it is not easy to track who did what changes or to get independent feedback. Typeset lets you share your research document and receive independent feedback. Also, you can track all changes and comments in one place, filter them based on users. This lets you effectively work with your collaborators and makes the entire review process simple.
- Productive content creation: Traditional writing tools make authors constantly jump back and forth between writing and formatting, making the writing process unproductive. Typeset splits the research writing process into two steps — writing and formatting. This lets authors focus on the core function — writing, while Typeset takes care of formatting.
- Truly reproducible research: Generic writing tools provide very little to zero capability to link raw data/code in the content. This makes it really difficult to reproduce a researcher’s work. One of the reasons why research is going through a reproducibility crisis. Typeset allows you to link your data/code in its entirety in your research document. This makes it easy for anyone to reproduce your work.
This part 1 of the 2 part series on how Typeset can benefit your research writing. Click here for the second part.