@sellathechemist it's simple: hardly any publisher use LaTeX for the production version of the paper s. Rather, they pass perfectly fine TeX through (proprietary) software, which sometimes fails epically.
Having published with APS throughout my PhD, I was very surprised to find out that Nature recommended sending in submissions in MS Word format.
This, en passant, reminds us of how utterly exploitative scientific publishing is. Kudos to Sci-Post and JS Caux for trying to make some right out of this wrong.
@ciclotrone Unfortunately my coauthors (who did 90% of the work) are physicists, hence the use of TeX rather than Word…
@sellathechemist there are generations of us physicists who studied in Pisa that started using TeX at lab 1 with Martinelli on the first year. It is kind of like imprinting :)
@ciclotrone My objection to TeX is mostly an emotional one based simply on the clunkiness of the default typefaces which seem really old-fashioned and dry. I'm not after Comic Sans, but surely something less stuffy… less "pen-protector in the shirt pocket" would be nice. 😝
@sellathechemist it's somewhat funny that you say that, considering Computer Modern was programmed from scratch because professor Knuth was dissatisfied with the looks of his papers.
Here is a short and somewhat hilarious history of TeX, METAFONT and Computer Modern.