Sustainable Authorship with Academic Markdown

/Sustainable Authorship with Academic Markdown

Sustainable Authorship with Academic Markdown


Development of a training session and materials on using the  Academic Markdown writing software. By an LSE students for LSE students.

     The project team:
Tobias Pester
and Jane Secker

“I am proposing to develop, document, and teach a Workshop for Sustainable Authorship for students of the LSE that familiarizes and equips them with the writing environment of Academic Markdown. A growing number of scholars at any station of their career use Academic Markdown to produce their manuscripts. One, it provides the automatic generation of references and bibliographies. Two, it relies on the single most sustainable file format since the invention of computers: human-readable plain text. Three, it is platform independent: the most basic text editor available on any operating system will do. Four, it does not rely on proprietary software.”

Tobias Pester

It was a very interesting experience for LTI to work with Tobias, as he was the first successful applicant of our student strand.

Tobias created the material and with the help of Jane designed a three-hour workshop session open to all LSE students.  The session proved very attractive to students who wanted to be more efficient when writing and formatting their essays and dissertation. The session ran in June 2016 with the help of the SADL students.

A questionnaire was sent after the workshop to collect feedback on the session and ideas on how to improve it for the following academic years.