Latex: Better Scientific Documentation


Otherwise my favourite means of maintaining bibliographies. A small list of useful bibstyle files that I needed to modify

Journal Citation type Reference type .bst file
Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy (PINSA) (Athale and Chaudhari 2010)

For multiple references (Athale and Chaudhari 2010, Khetan and Athale 2015)

Chaphalkar A R, Jain K, Gangan M S and Athale C A (2016) Automated Multi-Peak Tracking Kymography (AMTraK): A Tool to Quantify Sub-Cellular Dynamics with Sub-Pixel Accuracy PLoS ONE 11 e0167620 procinsa.bst

For equations, consistent formatting and generally a good input output relationship (you get out what you put in plus some processing, predictably and reproducibly), LaTex has been used for a long time. Here are some notes on my usage of the tool and other links that might be useful for those interested in using it in future. The first stop is usually CTAN.

Latex on Mac OSX

Latex engines come integrated with the Mac OSX but it helps to download the comprehensive LaTex package (Tex Live)  before proceeding. I have been happily using TexShop as a LaTex composer tool.

Devanagari and Indic Fonts

Seems like using


and compiling some sort of phonetic hindi gets you the characters but not quite the whole thing. Some more searching led me to the understanding that XeTex is needed on top of the TexLive I am using to compile Latex (on the Mac OSX).

Bengaali on latex but the tricks here should work for Devanagari too.

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