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Tools for Open-Science Research: Write

Research Activities

Common activities during this research phase include:
  • Write and prepare manuscript
  • Reference management

Tools for Writing

Crossref Simple Text Query

It helps to generate persistent links for your reference list or bibliography.

Website: - Free

Video: How to Find DOIs on CrossRef (YouTube Video)

Libre Office

Libre Office is a free and open source office suite which includes several applications - Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editor).

Website: - Free

Video: This is LibreOffice (YouTube)

Tutorial: How to download LibreOffice, the free office suite (YouTube)


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research.

Website: -Free (Note: HKUST does not have institutional subscription to Mendeley)

Video: What is Mendeley?


Overleaf is a collaborative cloud-based LaTeX editor used for writing, editing and publishing scientific documents. 

Website: - Freemium

Tutorial: Learn LaTex in 30 minutes (Overleaf)



Quarto is an open-source scientific and technical publishing system to create dynamic content with PythonRJulia, and Observable.

Website: - Free

Tutorial: Get started with Quarto 


Refworks is a cloud based referencing management tool, which simplifies the research process and collaboration.

Website: - Subscribed by HKUST Library

Video: Introduction to RefWorks (YouTube)

Tutorial: Getting Started with New Refworks (YouTube)

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