Academic Workflows

zettelkasten

#23

Interesting. Why airtable, instead of linking the PDF to a note in Devonthink ?


#24

Because each “note” (for example a comment on a paragraph, or a quote) might be used in a different part of my work. This way I can tag each one with the part it relates to, and easily export things in “work order”, (as well as having powerful sorting and filtering options that come from using a database).


#25

I also use LaTex. Since these are just text files they live in a git repo so I have solid versioning and collaboration.

On mac I use SublimeText + LaTex Tools, on iOS Working Copy + Textastic.
I have an entry in OmniFocus to figure out Working Copy’s SSH commands so I can write papers on iOS and have my mac compile it.


#26

Hi! I would say that Zettelkasten is a method known for the work of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann.

Is a system to collect, organize and write annotations mainly for research. You can do it with pen and paper, but also electronic tools.


#27

Ah got it, thanks for the info. I’d never heard of that term before.


#28

I know this thread is a few months old, but I have a whole lot of academic workflows I have written up on appademic.tech

I have been working on iOS workflows/shortcuts recently using the Zotero API.


#29

Looks great! Just subscribed to RSS.


#30

I did as well, thanks!


#31

Thanks! Looking forward to reading.


#33

This is also a good book and blog for info on zettelkasten.
https://takesmartnotes.com


#34

I would be a woefully unproductive idiot if it wasn’t for academia (Master’s degree in statistics)! My Master’s supervisor introduced me to Evernote, OmniFocus, Git, Makefiles, LaTeX, scripting, I could go on!

Definitely echo previous comments about using plain-text and version control in academia. Nothing worse than wanting to revert some work you’ve done to a previous version only to realise you’ve been slack with version control.


#35

Papers 3 had it’s issues (storing all PDF’s in their giant black box file) but their wonderful citation lookup and tagging feature made it a worthy trade off. Now that Papers doesn’t seem to be continuing (being bought by ReadCube), is there something else that can do the same database searching and tagging of PDF’s?


#36

Ooh, I like that idea. So the notes can be shuffled around into different writings and the citations follow?


#37

Yes, that’s basically it! You can store notes in citation software but for some reason this never suited me at all.


#38

Yikes. I didn’t even know.
Another subscription :angry:


#39

Unfortunately Papers is now riddled with bugs too. My entire database corrupted, of course I tried to work around the problems until it happened again. I have been invited to the beta for Readcube’s new version of papers, but yet to see a build.

I have also been testing Bookends, however, which is a wonderfully powerful reference manager with an excellent developer and user base. It is my first recommendation for anyone wanting native Mac referencing.


#40

Can you input papers references to bookends?


#41

Yes

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#42

You should try Zotero


#43

I may need to change to bookends. I’ve never been completely happy with Papers–I find it to be a confusing interface.