Scrivener: The Swiss Army Knife of Text Editors

In previous posts, I have defended the use of Latex for the final version of scientific papers (all my doctoral students do). However, today I will introduce a different text editor which has some very interesting features for those who consider that Latex is too heavy.

Scrivener is a multi-vitamin editor with many features, options […]

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PaperHive: the future of reading

There are many online tools to research and to work collaboratively, but not in all stages of a research or in the broad sense of the concept collaboration. For example, we can share our papers by Mendeley, analyze our data with Dedoose, or write our manuscript at Overleaf. However, there hasn’t been a specific […]

By |Thursday, June 16 2016|Research, Software|Comments Off on PaperHive: the future of reading

Interactive R class for the intimidated

Last week, I found out an amazing course to learn R. The course introduces students to the very basics of R from running simple functions to manipulating datasets and creating graphs. Moreover, the course is designed for people with very little or no programming experience at all. The course contains 30 videos and 30 […]

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Searchers of scientific publications

Today we will talk about the four most common and known scientists search engine.


Scopus is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles. It covers nearly 22,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers, of which 20,000 are peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences (including arts and humanities). It […]

By |Wednesday, April 13 2016|Research, Software|Comments Off on Searchers of scientific publications

Markdown: Editing documents

In a previous post, we introduced Latex and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this editing system. Today, I’m going to introduce Markdown, another editing system WYSIWYG (similar to Latex), where user enters the contents in a structured way according their semantic value, rather than in their final form. The main advantage of these text editors is that […]

By |Wednesday, December 9 2015|Software|Comments Off on Markdown: Editing documents

Innovations in Scholarly Research

Last week, I read a very interesting post in the blog ‘The Impact Blog’ of LSE. This post presents the work of Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer, who conducted a global survey to investigate the tools that researchers have incorporated during the last years and why. In order to achieve this goal, the post […]

By |Tuesday, November 24 2015|Research, Software|Comments Off on Innovations in Scholarly Research

What do I need of a task manager?

In previous posts, I talked about the importance of time management. We have seen the principles of GTD (Getting Things Done) method and the pomodoro method. These methods and others that we will see later, are very interesting and useful, but without a real system (a task manager) do little. So today I decided […]

By |Wednesday, September 30 2015|Software|Comments Off on What do I need of a task manager?

R: extensions by packages

A few months ago I published a post in which introduced the R software for statistical and graphical data analysis. One of the main features of R is its ability to import extensions through packages. But what is a package? An R package contains functions and/or data sets that can be loaded and unloaded at any […]

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TexStudio: Latex Editor

We have previously spoken of Latex, that allows us to write scientific papers with absolute control on the final result. Most distributions have a basic Latex editor, but there are a lot of  “vitamin” Latex editors  to simplify the wording of such documents. One of the most popular is TexStudio, a fork of Texmaker, which works in […]

By |Wednesday, June 17 2015|Research, Software, Teaching|Comments Off on TexStudio: Latex Editor

Sitkis: Literature Review

Sitkis is a free Java-based software tool developed exclusivily for bibliometric analysis. Sitkis provides tools for extremely streamlined analysis of bibliometric networks. Utilizing Sitkis, analyses that took days or even weeks to conduct can be done in a few dozen minutes. Sitkis incorporates the following functionality:

Import ISI Web of Science data on articles and […]

By |Wednesday, May 6 2015|Research, Software|Comments Off on Sitkis: Literature Review