Regex to change bracket citations into bibtex keys

Useful for converting in-text citations (from e.g. Word) into a LaTeX document.  Converts bracket notation into first 3 chars of first author’s last name (or 2 chars, if only 2 chars long), plus two-digit year: e.g. (Bobby 2009) becomes \citep{Bob09}.  See also my post on how to insert bibtex references into Word.

Search for:

\(([A-Za-z]{2,3})[A-Za-z -.]* (18|19|20)([0-9a-z]{2,3})\)

Replace with:

\\citep{\1\3}

Test citations:

(Bobby 2009)
(Bobby and Jonny 1909)
(Bobby et al. 1923)

(Maynard Smith 1989)
(Maynard Smith and Haigh 1974)
(Maynard Smith and Bobby-Jonny 1974)
(Maynard Smith and Maynard Smith 1974)
(Maynard Smith et al. 1993)

(Maisnier-Patin 1900)
(Maisnier-Patin and Bobby-Jonny 1956)
(Maisnier-Patin et al. 2002)

(Aa 1932)
(Aaa 1932)

Fluctuation test calculator: FALCOR copy/paste issue

FALCOR (Fluctuation AnaLysis CalculatOR) is a handy Java applet designed to estimate mutation rates from fluctuation test data.  A Java update prevents access to the clipboard to unsigned Java applets.  If you are having trouble copy/pasting your data into FALCOR, try modifying your java.policy file to include the line: permission java.awt.AWTPermission “accessClipboard” under where it says //”standard” properties that can be read by anyone.

// “standard” properties that can be read by anyone
permission java.awt.AWTPermission “accessClipboard”;

Save the file, exit and restart Java (or any programs using it, like Firefox or LibreOffice), and copy/paste should work again.  You may wish to consider removing the clipboard access after using FALCOR for security reasons.

Muzzling Canadian government workers

90% of federal scientists cannot speak freely

Over the past few years, there has been much attention given to the restrictions placed on scientists employed by the Canadian government.  A report recently produced by PIPSC has shown that 90% of government scientists do not feel they can speak freely to the media about their research.  Although this is an important issue, the problem runs much deeper.  What the reports fail to mention is that all federal government employees, scientists or not, must obtain permission to speak to the media in the capacity of their jobs.  The policies aren’t a only a direct affront to science, but also on the free sharing of information.