Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 2:46 AM (in response to DanB)
Pages is a great word processor, but conversion to and from Word may not support all the features of both. If your journal editor asks for a Word document, best to use Word for Mac or one of the clones such as Libre Office. Avoid near-deadline panics!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 2:52 AM (in response to DanB)
Pages is not a clone of MS Word. Each has its own strengths, weaknesses, frustrations, and degree of interoperability. While still in academic pursuit, I would recommend that you use Office for Mac 2011 for maximum compatibility with faculty document interchange, and capitalize on your present MS Word experience.
My personal Mac has the latest Pages and LibreOffice installed. My work related MacBook Pro has Office for Mac 2011 and LibreOffice (my decision) installed. I am in a workgroup of about 100 people that mostly use Macs to communicate within an organization of thousands still using MS Office on PCs. No one wants to bet their career that Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will provide replacement file export compatibility in this mixed (and political) document community.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 5, 2013 3:43 AM (in response to DanB)
As the others have said, if the people evaluating your work are using Office, then it makes sense to minimize compatibility risks by using it yourself.