For the last years I had a somehow cumbersome and inefficient workflow to write and layout scientific papers. I wrote them in Mellel or MS Word due to the structure/ouline functionality and exported the text to finally doing layout in Indesign. So my question is: are there plugins for indesign that provide a structure/outline view, so one can navigate easyily to different chapters and managing the hierarchy of chapters?
The Story Editor allows you to see content separated from the actual layout formatting.
I can't, in all confidence, state this may fill your specific needs entirely. However, it is something you should explore before looking to any third party items.