We had a little discussion going on in this post where two readers commented that they prefer to print out manuscripts and mark them up physically. This is a bad idea that all trainees should break themselves of. First off, shame on you printed paper types, you’re ruining our planet. Okay, that’s a bit harsh… but, secondly, and more seriously, as your career progresses those stacks of paper are going to get completely out of control and you will not be able to stay organized. Invest in a PDF organizing program (I suggest Papers) and learn to annotate the PDFs in a systematic way that can help you write. Write your annotations to those PDFs in such a way that you can cut and paste those ideas into manuscripts, grants and reviews to make yourself more efficient.
Allow me to give an example. Continue reading