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To support my research on ecosystem functioning, my collaborators and I are developing PEcAn, a model-data synthesis framework (www.pecanproject.org) and BETYdb, its underlying database (www.betydb.org).

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Sep
6
comment What counts as a word when dealing with a word limit?
thank you for the advice. I wanted to ask here first before bothering the editor with a naive question. The numbers I was curious about are in the text.
Apr
8
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
Thanks for the excellent answer. I currently use bzr for version control, and you are correct that it is an excellent tool.
Apr
7
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
Thanks @Koen There is a lot of excellent advice here, but your 'algorithm' will be the most straightforward to apply. Have you used it? I will let you know how it goes.
Apr
4
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
@Kate The first time around, I have a nice outline with a logical flow, the second time around, the flow has been lost, and I am interested in knowing the steps and order of steps required to put Humpty back together again.
Apr
3
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
@Kate... I guess that this sounds easier to you than to me. I don't really know where to start or what order to work in. Any answer contained in the question is untested approach, so I came here for some expert advice. At this point, I think @John's answer is the closest to what I am looking for although most of the answers are helpful.
Apr
1
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
@John reading over my question, it explicitly states My biggest challenges are putting the prose in the proper order and using topic sentences and transitions so that the reader can easily follow my train of thought. This is what I need most help on.
Apr
1
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
@John Lauren's method applies at the level of sections and subsections, but some of the challenges that I face in occur with organization at the sentence and paragraph level. For example, the draft may cover the same topic in different locations. These need to be identified and consolidated. It may have sentences and paragraphs that need to move from one section or subsection to another or be fully deleted. Should they be deleted or placed in deep storage? By this point, I also have larger issues with making the paragraphs flow from one to the next. Maybe the answer is to get to work.
Apr
1
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
@John Lauren's answer is good, but does not provide me with a viable solution. First, it starts from before the first draft has been written, and second, it requires a specific software.I content - in some ways dependent on - my writing software (latex).
Mar
28
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
thanks for pointing that out - there is also a beta for Linux, which meets my needs; the beta doesn't support Latex so perhaps I'll start using it on my next project, and perhaps Latex support will be in the pipeline.
Mar
27
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
your advice is good, except that it implies an unfortunate dependence on platform-specific software (i.e. I don't have a mac). Is there anything that Scrivener does that can't be done with sectioning?
Mar
26
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
your insight is helpful - I probably do jump from the outline too quickly. However, questions come up during the writing and revising that require additional analysis, which then needs to be integrated into different sections of the text. And some sections, like the intro and outline, can be written in advance of having results.
Mar
26
comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
thanks for the answer. I do start with an outline, but after I convert it into a first draft, I don't refer back to it. Subsequent revisions include moving text around and adding parts that were not in the original outline and eventually it can get unweildy. I guess that I could keep the outline format further through this process.
Dec
22
comment What is the key reference documentation and how should I cite BASH?
@hedgemage I have seen computer programs cited in different way: like a widget (xyz co., New York), based on a peer reviewed journal article, or the documentation cited like a book. I amnot sure what is appropriate here.
Dec
21
comment What is the key reference documentation and how should I cite BASH?
@neilfein BASH is the program that runs the 'command line' on a linux machine (there are some other variants). It is so widely used and unappreciated that it is rarely referenced. However, I am trying to be comprehensive in my writing to ensure that my research is reproducible.
Dec
21
comment What is the key reference documentation and how should I cite BASH?
@sjohnston yes... sorry
Dec
21
comment What is the key reference documentation and how should I cite BASH?
@justkt American Naturalist is a typical style: author, year, title, journal, vol(issue):pp-pp actually, I use LaTeX with Bibtex to automatically format the references, what I am mostly looking for is the required information
Dec
1
comment Initial Writing Medium
only? what is your rate?
Dec
1
comment Writing discipline
emacs in full screen or terminal mode is similar alternative, platform independent
Dec
1
comment Writing discipline
another version of this is the Pomodoro technique (25min on, 5 off) www.pomodorotechnique.com/
Dec
1
comment Writing discipline
@Adam - thats just about the only approach that works for me, either that or ending every day with writing.