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Authorea Founder to Speak at Hunt Library

Researchers spend their days doing cutting-edge work. When it comes time to write, publish and disseminate their work, however, they’re often still using models and tools that haven’t changed much in centuries.

Authorea is a collaborative, online platform that integrates advanced tools for writing, editing and publishing. It’s aimed at the portion of the research cycle from writing a first draft through to submission for publishing. Authorea co-founder and CEO Alberto Pepe visits the NCSU Libraries on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to talk about scholarly publishing futures and to lead an Authorea workshop.

Pepe speaks at 10 a.m. in Duke Energy Hall C & D in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The talk is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Then, at 4 p.m., he leads a workshop on Collaborative Web Authoring with Authorea in ITTC Lab 2 in D. H. Hill Library. The workshop is free and open to the NC State community only; preregistration is required.

The idea for Authorea began when a group of physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, were frustrated with existing processes of research collaboration. Group authoring, Open Access models, computational tools, hosting capabilities—these had to be pieced together through different programs, platforms and formats.

Authorea simplifies and streamlines authoring, citation, hosting and publishing as well as data sharing, all in the same online document. Now in use at each of the top 100 research universities worldwide, and in a diverse set of fields from physics to cognitive science, Authorea also supports the creation of mixed-format documents including LaTeX, markdown, and richtext.