Formatting scientific papers: a waste of time, money, and grey matter!

Those of you who have published a scientific paper or two will recognise the following process:

Format.

Submit.

Reject.

Reformat.

Submit.

Reject.

Reformat.

Submit.

Accept.

By the end of this process, not only have you lost the will to live (or ever reformat a scientific paper ever again), you’ve also wasted time = money. And chances are, the money has been entrusted to you to perform research, not reformat documents! A recently study counts the cost of this process, concluding that the average scientist spends 52 hours per person per year on formatting / reformatting scientific papers, with a cost of around $500 USD per manuscript or ~$2k per year.

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