An interview series with Overleaf co-founder Dr. John Hammersley - Parts 1 and 2
In a series of four interviews for Editage Insights, Overleaf co-founder Dr. John Hammersley talks with Donald Samulack, President of US operations for Editage, on the topic of collaborative writing and publishing in the context of science and research.
Part 1: Collaborative writing and the origins of Overleaf
In this first segment of the interview series, John gives an outline of the main features of Overleaf, and the value it brings to researchers and authors when writing and publishing their work.
John goes on to discuss the partnerships being formed with publishers and other services providers involved in the journal publication workflow in order to help streamline the whole process of taking a manuscript from an idea, all the way through to publication.
Originally published on Editage Insights on May 11th 2015.
Part 2: Redefining scientific collaboration with a multilingual writing and publishing platform
In this second segment of the series, John and Don discuss Overleaf as a platform that enables collaboration across all stakeholders in publishing, from authors and supervisors to peer reviewers and journal editors. John also describes some of the features of Overleaf that help support collaboration in different languages, and between authors with different levels of expertise.
In addition, the ability of Overleaf to automatically format a document according to a particular specification (e.g. to a particular journal style or for a university PhD thesis) allows the author to focus on the content of their manuscript, and for journal editors and university staff to simplify their instructions for authors - all they now need to do is provide a link to the appropriate template on Overleaf.
Originally published on Editage Insights on May 18th 2015.
Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4 - coming soon!
Founded in 2012 as WriteLaTeX, Overleaf has grown rapidly to become an innovative provider of scholarly writing tools, with over 200,000 users worldwide and over two million projects created to date. Overleaf is a collaborative writing and publishing system that makes the whole process of producing academic papers much quicker for both authors and publishers.
Supported by Digital Science, Overleaf aims to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing, to review, to publication. In July 2014, Overleaf was crowned Innovative Internet Business of 2014 at the Nominet Internet Awards held in London, representing the pinnacle of online innovation in the UK.
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