image/svg+xml Follow

I ask this question once a year: Does anyone have recommendations for research journaling apps? I am still waiting for a basic diary application with latex and markdown support.

@nsaphra There is a lot of markdown editors. Some with a LaTeX notation accepted in the markdown-document. But I do not know editors with Markdown and LaTeX support.

@nsaphra maybe with Jupyter which allows md, latex, python cells and jupytext which gives u a HTML of the whole thing. Not the most user friendly environment but doable

@nsaphra do you have preferences re: where the data is stored, whether it's available as an app, in-browser app, both, etc?

@balrogboogie ideally I'd like to have it on my local drive with a standalone app but I recognize that that is old-fashioned.

@nsaphra I've heard some people using org-mode in emacs to do that, but there does exist a learning curve in setting some of that up

I *promise* I won't proselytize about emacs here Show more

I *promise* I won't proselytize about emacs here Show more

@gzt honestly, that's what I do right now (with atom and org), but it's really not an enjoyable user experience. It clearly isn't intended to be a diary, and it feels like a hair shirt for minimalist asceticism.

@nsaphra while not an app as such, I have been using Vim with the vimwiki plugin, and processing the documents trough pandoc to produce latex, this can handle embedded latex in the markdown documents and bibtex references ,which I use jabref to compile. this should work with any markdown compatible text editor, I have considered porting some of my helper scripts to sublime or other editor to make it more friendly to non programmers.

@jasonzhouu I tried it for a while and liked it, but not enough to pay to lock myself in. I might fall back on it if I don't find something good that's free and/or open source.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Scholar Social

NOTICE: Registration on will be by invitation only from 2019 March 27 to 2019 April 3. (The administrator is defending their doctoral thesis on 2019 April 2, and wants to reduce the chances of surprises leading up to that date. Email scholar dot social at protonmail dot com if you want an invite.)

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

Read more ...