Announced in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Microsoft Corporation rolled out a set of new software tools to perform those tasks [writing, editing, formatting], as well as to navigate thorny copyright issues and find and share scholarly data.
The tools are add-ons to popular programs such as Microsoft Office Word. The move is clearly designed to extend the company’s reach into new forms of academic publishing, and Microsoft made its announcement here at the ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, which was attended by about 400 researchers and technology officials from research universities.
For example, the Article Authoring Add-in for Word 2007 enables authors to structure and annotate their documents according to formats that publishers and digital archives require. The articles can then be converted easily to formats that facilitate their digital storage and preservation. The company is offering the new software free to licensed users of Word and other Microsoft products.
The tool allows users to create documents in the widely used format developed by the National Library of Medicine’s free digital archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life-sciences journal literature, PubMed Central. But users will also be able to shape the software to suit other formats because the code for the tool is openly accessible and freely adaptable.
The “Article Authoring” add-in can be downloaded from the Microsoft Web Download Center.