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I guess I am a little late to the party...

I am a biochemist. I finished my PhD work a few months ago. I have written
and published a couple of scientific papers and although I have almost all
my documents in ODF and line diagrams drawn using OOo-Draw, I was forced to
use MSO to write my paper mainly because of the lack of Endnote support in
OOo. EndNote support is such a dealbreaker for people in our fields that the
adoption of iWork Pages was almost nil until they introduced support of
EndNote. After all, everyone has these huge Endnote libraries that they
accumulated from the day they started doing research. Now I know at least a
few people who are using Apple iWork to write their papers because they can
use Endnote with it. I am sure if such support is brought to OOo, it will
hugely improve the prospects of academic adoption. 

Someone mentioned that in Science and Engineering fields people mostly use
LaTeX. That is probably true for Math/Physics/Engineering fields but not for
Biology and Chemistry. I know a lot of biologists and chemists who have
never heard of LaTeX. 
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