A preprint archive for Biology

bioRxiv logoArXiv (http://arxiv.org/) has been available for some years for storing preprints of articles on Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

A newer development is BioRxiv (http://biorxiv.org/) for preprints related to Biology. This archive has a section dedicated for Plant Biology. I found some interesting preprints in it.

It will hopefully become an important resource for our research community.


photobiology 0.8.11 (new functionality)

Add method clean() for removing out-of-range spectral observations.
Add method fshift() for shifting the zero of the scale used to express spectral data based on a summary value calculated by applying a function to a region of the same spectrum.
Add 'geocode' formal parameter to all functions related to sun angles.
Clean-up code and vignette. Update vignette.

Backwards compatible.

NOTE: Sources, and Windows binaries for R 3.2.x, are now available in the repository.

A new book on LaTeX

Book cover imageDo you use LaTeX for typesetting? Do you already know the basics of LaTeX? Then a book just published by Packt Publishing will make your life a lot easier!

I haven’t yet tested any of the code snippets, but the book gives recipes for 90% of what I normally do, but in most cases going a few steps further. It also gives recipes for doing things that I have wanted to do for some time, but until now had been too time consuming to find good instructions for.

If I had had this book at hand since January, it would have saved me quite a few hours of Googling, and I would have been able to avoid the typesetting compromises I made because of lack of time.

One of the virtues of the book is that it is not encyclopedic: it is based on a relatively small set of packages and classes that work well together, each one covering a relatively broad range of needs. The result is that although the book provides recipes for “gourmet cooking” at the same time it should be useful and comprehensible to relatively inexperienced LaTeX users, as the author supplies a gradation of recipes from simple to advanced.

I need to qualify the previous paragraphs by saying that I started using TeX and LaTeX more than 30 years ago, and I have been regularly using them since then. I have typeset my PhD thesis, many manuscripts, an edited book, a journal, conference posters, overheads for conference presentations and for use in teaching and still I am sure I will find this book useful on a daily basis.

Disclosure: I have bought and paid for this book myself, although I have in the past received free review copies of a couple of other books from the same publisher.