Preparing a scientific manuscript in Linux: Today's possibilities and limitations
1 Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2 Division of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany
BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:434 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-434Published: 22 October 2011
Increasing number of scientists are enthusiastic about using free, open source software for their research purposes. Authors' specific goal was to examine whether a Linux-based operating system with open source software packages would allow to prepare a submission-ready scientific manuscript without the need to use the proprietary software.
Preparation and editing of scientific manuscripts is possible using Linux and open source software. This letter to the editor describes key steps for preparation of a publication-ready scientific manuscript in a Linux-based operating system, as well as discusses the necessary software components. This manuscript was created using Linux and open source programs for Linux.