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88 Post author: lukeprog 28 March 2011 07:31PM

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Comment author: ata 29 March 2011 12:10:30AM *  8 points [-]

Format the article attractively. A well-chosen font makes for an easier read. Then publish (in a journal or elsewhere).

I'd add "Learn LaTeX" to this one; if you're publishing in a journal, that matters more than your font preferences and formatting skills (which won't be used in the published version), and if you're publishing online, it can make your paper look like a journal article, which is probably good for status. Even TeX's default Computer Modern font, which I wouldn't call beautiful, has a certain air of authority to it — maybe due to some of its visual qualities, but possibly just by reputation.

Comment author: [deleted] 29 March 2011 01:38:14AM *  2 points [-]

The ironic bit is that I don't know a modern philosophy journal that accepts TeX.

EDIT: Minds and Machines, as mentioned below. Also, Mind doesn't.

Comment author: lukeprog 29 March 2011 01:44:02AM 5 points [-]

You just export to PDF. Lyx is a fairly easy-to-use LaTeX editor.

Comment author: [deleted] 29 March 2011 02:42:23PM 0 points [-]

That doesn't make sense to me. One can't re-typeset PDF -- well, perhaps you can, but I can't imagine it would be easy.

Comment author: [deleted] 29 March 2011 05:26:01PM 1 point [-]

I'm a bit confused. What I'm used to is, I make a TeX document (editable) then I typeset it into a PDF document. Anybody can read the PDF, but can't edit it. If I want the receiver to be able to edit, I send both the TeX file and the PDF.

Did you mean that philosophy journals won't accept the .tex file format, or that they'll reject a .pdf written in LaTeX for stylistic reasons?

Comment author: Manfred 29 March 2011 03:42:20PM 0 points [-]

Adobe's business model is to give away the reader for free and then sell the editor for a profit. So I would guess most publishers would have no problem.

Comment author: ata 29 March 2011 05:52:53PM 1 point [-]

The ironic bit is that I don't know a modern philosophy journal that accepts TeX.

Hey, I didn't say it wasn't a diseased discipline. :P

Comment author: thomblake 29 March 2011 01:48:54PM 0 points [-]

Last I checked, Minds and Machines requires LaTeX.

Comment author: [deleted] 29 March 2011 02:40:27PM 0 points [-]

Ah, okay. I knew Mind didn't, and now I realize I was generalizing from one example. Oops.