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Adding supplementary tables and figures in LaTeX

A problem I encountered now, when revising a paper and adding a supplement per the editor’s request. How do I number my tables and figures as Table S1, S2 etc.? A solution was provided in Stackexchange, but the syntax was not good for my version of LaTeX, and I don’t like \makeatletter (here’s why). Here […]

Wikipedia pages on protein function prediction

I just received an email from Julian Gough , one of last year’s CAFA participants. He started a Wikipedia initiative on protein function prediction, which are barely stubs at the moment. EDIT: He alerted me to the fact that protein function prediction has virtually no presence on Wikipedia. So all you protein function predictors out there, please contribute. Yes, […]

Can you chat with your reviewer?

The manuscripts I review invariably fall into four categories: 1. This is crap. (Rare). 2. This is terrific. (Even rarer). 3. This can be OK, but they really need to fix A, B & C. (fairly common). 4. If I only knew what they meant in point A, I could say whether they need to fix A, […]

Suggest a name for the next BIG journal

The Max Planck society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Wellcome Trust have announced their plans for a new journal for biomedical and life science research to be launched summer 2012. From the joint press release: The journal will employ an open and transparent peer review process in which papers will be accepted or rejected as […]

w00t! Post selected for Open Laboratory 2009

My post The Incredible Shrinking Genome was selected for publication in Open Laboratory 2009. The Open Laboratory books are anthologies of 52 posts from various science blogs selected annually by a panel of judges . This year the judges waded through 470 740 nominations (thanks for catching this Bora), so it is great to be […]

Distant homology and being a little pregnant

(Thanks to F.B.  for the inspiration). Sigh… people don’t seem to learn. It’s been almost 22 years (yikes!) since a distinguished group of scientists published a letter in Cell calling for a responsible use of the word “homology”. If you were born when that letter was published, then in the US you can already drink […]