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  • American Society for Microbiology and Overleaf: A Partnership to Enhance the Author Experience

    Posted by Mary Anne on July 25, 2017

    Washington, DC , and London, UK—July 25, 2017: The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Overleaf announce a new partnership to expand the ASM author publishing tools to enhance the author experience. Authors submitting to ASM’s open-access journal mSystems® now have access to a custom mSystems \(\mathrm \LaTeX\) authoring template in Overleaf’s collaborative cloud-based writing and reviewing tool. Authors also will be able to submit their manuscripts to mSystems directly from within the Overleaf template.

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    This template was developed by ASM and Overleaf to simplify the writing and submission process for mSystems authors. The template opens in the Overleaf platform, where authors can write on the left and see their finished typeset document on the right as they write (in real time). The formatted template includes instructions to authors about each manuscript section, providing all the necessary information and requirements right where the author needs it—where they’re writing. Once authors are finished, they can submit directly to mSystems with one click. All necessary files and metadata will be transferred to the eJournalPress (eJP) submission system within mSystems.

    Jack Gilbert, Editor in Chief of mSystems at ASM, says:

    “Our goal is to give authors what they want and need to make submitting their work to mSystems as easy as possible. We are excited by this partnership with Overleaf and look forward to receiving papers authored in \(\mathrm \LaTeX\).”

    John Hammersley, Founder and CEO of Overleaf, says:

    “It’s been great working with ASM. We have a goal of making publishing easier for authors, and the newly developed authoring template and one-click submission link will help with that.”

    Links to the template are available on the mSystems website. A link is also available within the Overleaf template gallery.

    About the American Society for Microbiology

    The American Society for Microbiology, composed of over 50,000 scientists and health professionals, is the largest single life science society in the world. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.

    ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications, and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry, and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

    Visit and follow @ASMicrobiology on Twitter and @ASMfan on Facebook.

    About Overleaf

    Founded in 2012 and with over 750,000 registered users, Overleaf is an academic authorship tool that allows seamless collaboration and effortless manuscript submission, all underpinned by cloud technology. By providing an intuitive online collaborative writing and publishing platform, Overleaf is making the process of writing, editing, and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier. Researchers and academics can now write, collaborate, and publish with a single click, directly from the Overleaf Web app. Publishers and institutions are partnering with Overleaf to provide customized writing templates, simple reference tool linking, and one-click publishing submission links.

    Overleaf aims to make science and research faster, more open, and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one place in the cloud—from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.

    Visit and follow @overleaf on Twitter.

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