Category Archives: Publishing

Tikz Code for Drawing Metabolic Feedback Loops

I needed some figures that displayed a variety of different negative feedback loops so I created these using Tikz. Nothing particularly special. There are some absolute distances in the code which perhaps could be removed to make it more generic. … Continue reading

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The Confusion of Modern Textbooks – Stylistic Sugar

I’ve been looking for a textbook on statistics for a class I’ll teach in the autumn term. While the content of many textbooks might be ok the way the information is presented makes them difficult to read – at least … Continue reading

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New Modeling Book Published

I am happy to announce the publication of my new book this March: Essentials of Biochemical Modeling. Computer models of biochemical systems are starting to play an increasingly important role in modern systems and synthetic biology. This monograph introduces students to … Continue reading

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PGF 3.0.0 is now Available

To those of use who use PGF and related packages, version 3.0.0 has just been released on CTAN. I include below a summary of the changes I retrieved from the sourceforge site. The manual for PGF 3.0.0 can be obtained … Continue reading

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Converting Excel Tables to LaTeX Tables

Today I had the problem of converting an Excel table of values into a LaTeX table. I could have done it by hand but the table had over 400 entries so that would have been a bit tedious. Instead I … Continue reading

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New preprint service at bioRxiv

A new preprint service called bio-archive and operated by Cold Spring Harbor has opened that is specifically for biologists. What’s nice is that they also accepts papers on systems biology, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology. This is a welcome addition especially after … Continue reading

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ORCID – Finally I am Unique

It’s taken some time but it looks like there is now a viable unique identification system for researchers. No longer will John Smith’s h-index apparently be 459. ORCID which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is a non-proprietary code to uniquely … Continue reading

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How to Increase MikTeX 2.9 Memory

I was recently running some large stochastic simulations and was generating very large pgfplot data files. MikTeX out of the box was unable to compile these plots because it kept running out of main memory. To increase main memory (or … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: A Personal Experience

As some of you may know, a year ago I published my book ‘Enzyme Kinetics for Systems Biology’ and I am about to release the second edition. Next year the hope is to publish another title. Self-publishing my own book … Continue reading

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Nature Precedings Closes

I just received an email this morning telling me that Nature Precedings (Nature’s preprint service) is closing down at the beginning of April, 2012. Shame on you Nature. No reason was given. This is what happens I supose when we … Continue reading

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