List of a General Advice For Aspiring Phylogeneticists

For the past few years, we’ve maintained a growing list of general advice for folks interested in doing applied phylogenetics. We’ve now transferred this page to the new site. The first piece of advice on this page is to use a simple text editor rather than a complicated word processor when working with input and output files from phylogenetic software; the figures below show how much of a difference this can make.

Fig 1: This is what a text file should look like when opened in a text editor (in this case, the text editor is TextWrangler).

Fig 1: This is what a text file should look like when opened in a text editor (in this case, the text editor is TextWrangler).

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Fig. 2: This is what the same text above looks like if we save it as a Microsoft .doc formatted file.

Drop us a line if you can think of other basic advice you’d like to see added to our list!

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