LaTex and JASA template

Today Dax and I are figuring out how to use LaTex to put together a JASA paper.  Yay!  So fun – I love figuring out LaTex stuff.  First off, we had to get Dax’s computer all set up to run LaTex.  We went with the MacTex-2010 distribution, it’s pretty much got all you need, and you don’t need to worry about getting the right dependencies or any of that stuff.  It installs all of this stuff:

We haven’t had a chance to investigate much – so far we’re just running TeXShop – it’s pretty straightforward, and does syntax highlighting automatically.  BibDesk for the references is fine too, but I prefer JabRef.  And as it turns out, JabRef was the easiest way to get Dax’s Endnote database converted to BibTex .bib format.

To do the Endnote –> BibTex conversion, we had to follow these steps (after http://wiki.lyx.org/BibTeX/Programs):

  1. In Endnote:  Edit -> Output styles -> Open Style Manager
  2. Check the box marked “Refer Export”
  3. Go to File -> Export.  Save file as type:  “Text only”, Output style: “Refer Export”.
  4. In JabRef:  File -> Import into new database
  5. Choose File Format “Refer/Endnote”, and select exported Endnote .txt file.
  6. In the intermediate viewer window, you can optionally select not to import duplicates, or select which entries you would like to import.  Click OK, and you’re done!

Easy Peasy!

Now for the JASA format.  I found this zip file on the JASA website under For Authors -> JASA.  The second to last option in the first section is Download files for preparation of JASA manuscripts in TeX format. This zip file contains a folder that contains all sorts of JASA/LaTex goodness. I didn’t have a chance to dig in too deep, but I sort of went through and grabbed the bits that I thought relevent, at least to have a first go at it. This meant the template file, the jasatex.cls file, the jasanum.bst file.  There are instructions for installing “JasaTex”, but from what I can tell, it looks like it’s just instructions on getting the style files into the right folders in the Tex system sub-directories.

This was enough to get started, and Dax is filling in his LaTex document with an early draft of his paper – and it looks great! The JASA-LaTex package also includes a handy guide that discusses some LaTex basics and general guidelines.  Very handy.