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Preparing a scientific manuscript in Linux: Today's possibilities and limitations

Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili1* and Jan D Schmitto2

Author Affiliations

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

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BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:434  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-434

Published: 22 October 2011

Abstract

Background

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.

Findings

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.

Keywords:
Linux; operating system; manuscript; scientific software