# Collaborative RMarkdown Hack

Document editing and report creation are key parts of any researcher’s workflow. Thankfully, the tools to edit research documents have improved greatly over the last few years. While I used to write most documents with $\LaTeX$, I’d now recommend that researchers use R Markdown. R Markdown allows the use of R code in a Markdown format and is also easily extended with features. For example, there is the excellent bookdown package which allows easy use of book formatting, bibliographies and cross-references with Markdown.

# Markdown tables in LaTeX

LaTeX is a fantastic way to create and display print-ready scientific documents. There are a number of different ways to edit and produce LaTeX documents, which we’ll revist in a future post. In this post, I want to deal with one of the major issues that people find difficult with LaTeX: tables. LaTeX can certainly produce any type of table you’d like to create, but it does so in a way that can be very difficult to follow visually.

#### Francesco Giorlando

Musings on Research, Tech and Medicine
Dr Giorlando is a clinician-scientist with interests in neuroscience, psychophysics, addiction and temporal perception. He implements high-performance computing and electronic systems for research and enjoys hacking with digital media and sustainable technologies.

Scientist and Clinician

Melbourne, Australia