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HTML Manuscript PDF Manuscript Build Status

Manuscript description

This repository is a template manuscript (a.k.a. rootstock). Actual manuscript instances will clone this repository (see and replace this paragraph with a description of their manuscript.

The most current version of the master branch is built by continuous integration and available via gh-pages. To see what's incoming, check the open pull requests.

Instructions for using Manubot Rootstock for your own manuscript are still evolving. The recommended approach is to clone this repository, as detailed here.


Manubot is a system for writing scholarly manuscripts via GitHub. Manubot automates citations and references, versions manuscripts using git, and enables collaborative writing via GitHub. The Manubot Rootstock repository is a general purpose template for creating new Manubot instances, as detailed in See for documentation how to write a manuscript.

Please open an issue for questions related to Manubot usage, bug reports, or general inquiries.

Repository directories & files

The directories are as follows:

  • content contains the manuscript source, which includes markdown files as well as inputs for citations and references. See for more information.
  • output contains the outputs (generated files) from the manubot including the resulting manuscripts. You should not edit these files manually, because they will get overwritten.
  • webpage is a directory meant to be rendered as a static webpage for viewing the HTML manuscript.
  • build contains commands and tools for building the manuscript.
  • ci contains files necessary for deployment via continuous integration. For the CI configuration, see .travis.yml.

Local execution

To run the Manubot locally, install the conda environment as described in build. Then, you can build the manuscript on POSIX systems by running the following commands.

# Activate the manubot conda environment (assumes conda version >= 4.4)
conda activate manubot

# Build the manuscript, saving outputs to the output directory
sh build/

# At this point, the HTML & PDF outputs will have been created. The remaining
# commands are for serving the webpage to view the HTML manuscript locally.

# Configure the webpage directory
python build/

# View the manuscript locally at http://localhost:8000/
cd webpage
python -m http.server

Sometimes it's helpful to monitor the content directory and automatically rebuild the manuscript when a change is detected. The following command, while running, will trigger both the and scripts upon content changes:

sh build/

Continuous Integration

Build Status

Whenever a pull request is opened, Travis CI will test whether the changes break the build process to generate a formatted manuscript. The build process aims to detect common errors, such as invalid citations. If your pull request build fails, see the Travis CI logs for the cause of failure and revise your pull request accordingly.

When a pull request is merged, Travis CI performs the build and writes the results to the gh-pages and [output]( branches. The gh-pages branch hosts the following URLs:

For continuous integration configuration details, see .travis.yml.


License: CC BY 4.0 License: CC0 1.0

Except when noted otherwise, the entirety of this repository is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 License (, which allows reuse with attribution. Please attribute by linking to

Since CC BY is not ideal for code and data, certain repository components are also released under the CC0 1.0 public domain dedication ( All files matched by the following glob patterns are dual licensed under CC BY 4.0 and CC0 1.0:

  • *.sh
  • *.py
  • *.yml / *.yaml
  • *.json
  • *.bib
  • *.tsv
  • .gitignore

All other files are only available under CC BY 4.0, including:

Please open an issue for any question related to licensing.

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