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Until recently I used MS Word and clones such as OpenOffice to write academic manuscripts, as do most in my field. The standard software toolkit for many psychology professors and graduate students also includes SPSS for performing statistical analyses, and perhaps EndNote or similar reference manager software for generating bibliographies. These tools work, but my experience suggests that LaTeX based solutions have signicant advantages. This article describes how to use Sweave to write LaTeX documents in APA style, complete with results, tables, and figures generated by R.
Ista Zahn is a graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He started using LaTeX during the Summer of 2007 to typeset equations for use in powerpoint lectures, and now uses LaTeX to write scientific articles, presentations, and even posters. He has benefited greatly from the wealth of freely available information about LaTeX available on the World Wide Web, and has recently started work on a manual describing the use of LaTeX and R (an open source statistical programming environment), as a way of giving back to the community. You can reach Ista at .
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