Posted 14 March 2014 - 09:41 AM
The bottom line is, as is typical, the standard set by the degree-issuing institution.
U Mich, where I took my doctorate, required MS Word. It remains the most commonly required program by publishers and universities, the standard as it were. Yes, it does have issues with right-to-left text, but the Near Eastern Studies Department at UM still had to abide by the university standard.
Other institutions may have different standards. Check with them.
If you are preparing a manuscript for a publishing company, check with that company. If you are fortunate enough to have a company that is will to accept a PDF, most professional-level word processing programs will export to that format. You can then use whichever of those you want.
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