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Software to use

Inkscape: vector graphics editor

Organise scripts and figures easily with Jupyter Notebooks

Invest in a good text editor

LyX: a middle ground to LaTeX and Word

A better web reading experience

Image conversion with a right-click

An improved Matlab command line

Python spoilt me; returning to Matlab is hard

Creating Figures

To make a good schematic, copy, adapt, and refine

Know your image file formats

Figure captions need not be a half page

Figures need attention to detail

Remove redundant labels

Using Colour Effectively

Stop using rainbow colourmaps

Design for black-and-white printing

Design using the HSL colour space


Add any symbol without leaving the keyboard

A hyphen is not a minus sign, and other mistaken characters

Why LaTeX-typeset documents look professional

Four effortless LaTeX packages you should use

To italicise or not to italicise

Palatino and Source Sans Pro, the only fonts a scientist needs

Presenting data

Significant figures aren’t necessarily significant

Talks and posters

Scientific posters needn’t look like scientific posters

Simplify your slides

Skip the outline slide; use a sidebar

Powerpoint isn’t a scrapbook

Put three photos on your title slide

The realities of 15 minute scientific talks

Using Python’s Matplotlib

Matplotlib animations the easy way

Vector and raster in one with Matplotlib


Scientific rationale: convenient little white lies?

This is the best decade to be a grad student

Benefits of an e-reader for academics

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