A simple template to be used as a personal diary or journal. Benefits over a typical hand-written journal include (1) no set entry length, (2) the ability to write as fast as one can type — often much faster than hand-writing speed, and (3) no pressure to write every day — rather than the standard journal with a page/heading for each day, this journal has only headings for the days you choose to write. I do not claim to be any sort of LaTeX expert, but I have found creating this template helpful for my own personal use. I hope you find it useful as well. Happy writing!
For a while now I have kept a research journal to keep track of my progress in my MSc, which papers and books I checked, and so on. The idea is mainly to have a document with simple entries that can later help me when writing reports or when trying to remember a reference I checked months ago. Recently I've decided to update my template and make it available online. This is it.
Doing research and not getting lost in the nitty gritty details or becoming a master procrastinator can be hard sometimes. A research diary or journal, which helps you documenting your progress, feelings and learnings, can have a big impact on your research success.
After reading a lot about journaling during a PhD I went about searching for a clean and simple latex template that would help me to get started. However, I only found either classic lab reports or overly complicated solutions.
Thus, I set up my own document that provides a basic structure for doing daily journaling and also assists with reviewing one's progress on a weekly basis.
This template is as easy as it gets. This is the whole purpose of this template - to facilitate your setup of your own research diary!
How to contribute:
If you wish to contribute to this repository - e.g. adding new languages or making this rudimentary template a bit more fancy -, you are welcome to do so! Just fork the repository (https://github.com/SimonHashtag/research_diary_latex_template) and propose your changes via a pull request. Please add sufficient documentation so that the changes are traceable and understandable.
This is a template for keeping a digital Research Diary in LaTeX, with an example entry and placeholder for your university / institution logo.
Original version by Mikhail Klassen who describes his experiences using LaTeX for research note taking in this blog post.