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yes, if layout is important (especially math intensive papers) do yourself and favor and take the opportunity to learn LaTeX.
After switching from MS Office to LaTeX for my Mathematics work, my productivity increased 10 fold.
I've published 17 books with it. Works great on my Mac and now on Linux as well now that I discovered WineFish (previously I used Kile and had trouble when I changed font size, the combo box would stick and so it was a pain to use).