US science journal The Scientist has released details of a survey revealing that 29.4 per cent of researchers use Mac OS in their work.

The publication notes that: "This indicates that this operating system is more widely used in research environments than by the general public." The research also reveals that 76.6 per cent of researchers use Adobe Photoshop.

For charts and spreadsheets, researchers choose Microsoft Excel (69.8 per cent), and 39.5 per cent use FileMaker for databasing. Researchers also nominated Adobe Acrobat as the most useful piece of additional software, as many US government grant-funding bodies insist that requests for funding be submitted in PDF format.

In assembling the results, The Scientist spoke with 1,493 life-science researchers. The full survey is available from The Scientist, which requires free registration to access.