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Guide to authoring academic documents and research proposals in Authorea
  • Arindam Basu
Arindam Basu
University of Canterbury
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Authorea is a free-to-use, web-based, online academic and scholarly document authoring system. You will need to access Authorea, create an account, and thus obtain a space where you can store your academic documentation and share with others. Authorea may appear as a what-you-see-is-what-you-get document or word processor but this is different from a word processor (example: Microsoft Word) in many ways, most importantly it has features to search citations online and simpler table layout system and formatting and document conversion systems. As such Authorea is suited for academic writing while word processors are suited for business letters and memos although they ca be retrofitted for academic style of writing by adding macros. Authorea is also suited for reproducible research as it can blend visusalisation, codes, and free form writing, and allows for commenting from peers. Using Authorea, you can add paragraphs, tables, lists, citations, and figures. You can export your document to a number of different formats and style it differently. You can also share your work and publish as preprint, and invite other authors to collaboratively work with you. I will describe here how you can use Authorea to write your proposal, then export it from Authorea as a PDF and upload it to Learn, the course management system.