LaTeX is the de facto standard tool for writing academic papers. When working with groups I generally find myself using Share LaTeX . Share LaTeX is a great way to collaborate Google Docs-style one a LaTeX document, and it has a very forgiving compiler that in general seems to get things right. As is the case with so many other things, however: editing LaTeX is better with Vim.
When I first picked up vim I dealt with plugin functionality by hand. I have no idea how I did this, as doing it manually now seems insane. No doubt it was because I didn’t have many plugins.
I soon switched to Pathogen . For quite a while after that I was using Vundle . Vundle was working well, thanks to a very easy Plugin 'user/repo' syntax in my vimrc that made plugins painless.