Write academic papers in the layout of MDPI journals.

by Peng Zhao (demo: pdf, zip)

Last year, one of my papers was published on the academic journal atmosphere, which belongs to the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). To be honest, this draft was written in Microsoft Word, although MDPI provides a nice LaTeX template. I could not hate LaTeX more at that moment. It had annoyed me enough.

Later, I met bookdown. I found that I could hardly resist the attraction of bookdown. A decision was made to create a bookdown template for MDPI journals on the basis of the LaTeX template.

MDPI provides a LaTeX template which is free for using. I modified it as ‘tex/template_article_mdpi.tex’, i.e. something was moved from the original LaTeX template to the yaml of ‘index.Rmd’. Users could simply compare them and then get an idea how to convert a LaTeX template into a bookdown template.

Install R, bookdown, LaTeX, and bookdownplus. Then run the following code in R language to create a book from this template:


More detals could be found here.

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