What is qeios and why you should use it

Qeios is a free beautiful text editor for authoring scientific and scholarly documents. It is entirely web based, so as long as you have an idea to express, a web browser and an internet connection, you are all set to write on Qeios. You will not be pestered to pay money to anyone, reading and writing is free, and most importantly you get a pleasant looking WYSIWYG text editor where you can write lists, embed pictures and media, add tables directly from say Airtable, type LaTeX formulae, and add citations.

Ok, but there are others like Qeios, why Qeios? There is the excellent LaTeX editor Overleaf, which I cannot praise enough, and then there is Authorea, which is another excellent editor. Plus, there are markdown based editors that let you do very similar tasks. Where does Qeios stand out?

The answer is that Qeios has built a knowledge ecosystem that is quite unique. This has two components, a modular content authoring system, and a review system. In the modular content authoring system, you can start with a definition, which, in Qeios language, is similar to writing a short wiki like entry on a topic. Then, you can write a longer, detailed piece where you can embed the definitions. So, here you are: build a content ecosystem. Then you supplement this with a review system where you can review an article or indeed share your article link and invite others to visit your article and review in turn. This ensures quality control of what you write as others can comment on your content. In this regard, Qeios is similar to F1000, but more intuitive, and more open.

I tend to think of Qeios as an early insight into what an integrated knowledge system of the future may look like. I’d have loved to see Qeios building their own preprint service or at least integrate with preprints servers such as Peerj or Arxiv. It might as well be a conscious decision on part of the developers not to walk in that direction as Qeios may want to build their own pipeline of scholarly output. Whichever way you look at it, Qeios is a harbinger of the future of scholarly communications.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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