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Check it, check it out! Overleaf Webinar Recording – Enabling Research and Collaboration at Institutions
By Mary Anne Baynes

Check out our recent webinar – Enabling Research and Collaboration at Institutions! It was a great webinar with a notable line up of speakers.

Enabling Research and Collaboration at Institutions - Overleaf Webinar Slide

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#FuturePub 8 – New Developments in Scientific Collaboration Tech – Full line up of speakers confirmed
By John Hammersley

The first futurepub event was held at the British Library in January 2014

After a great turnout at our last #FuturePub in May, and given that the London ALPSP conference is coming up soon, we're teaming up with Scholarly Social for a pre-ALPSP event on September 13th!

The evenings are designed to be fun and informal - we aim to give opportunities to those working on new ideas and innovations a chance to present and get feedback on their ideas. And did I mention the free pizza?

FuturePub is being held at The Stables (near Kings Cross). Doors open at 6:00pm and the talks will kick off at 7pm. Space at the venue is limited, so please register for your free tickets now to reserve your place!

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Enabling Research Collaboration - reflections from our first London Institutional Conference
By John Lees-Miller

The Enabling Research Collaboration event held last week in London was a great opportunity for the Overleaf team to talk to university librarians and research office staff to find out first hand what's really important to them.

Many UK librarians talked about the challenges brought on by the new Open Access legislation that requires UK universities to archive publications from their authors in their institutional pre-print repositories at the point of acceptance to a journal. That is surprisingly tricky, because the paper doesn't usually get a DOI (a digital object identifier --- like a permanent bit.ly link for a scientific paper) until it is published, which can be weeks or months after acceptance. That makes it hard to link up the initial deposit record with the final published paper, which is exactly what they have to do for the next UK research assessment. Fortunately, solutions are on the way, and we talked about how Overleaf's publisher integrations could help make this process simpler for authors and for librarians who need to meet the new compliance requirements.

We also heard from Simon Porter on "Research Data Mechanics", and our special guest Helen Josephine who flew over from Stanford to present on 'Facilitating Collaboration at Stanford University', who gives her thoughts on the day in this blog post.

And there were cupcakes! :)

Overleaf Cupcakes!

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Full steam ahead! Ongoing collaboration between Stanford and Overleaf in 2016
By Shelly Miller

I am happy to write about our successful ongoing collaboration with Stanford University Libraries!

Earlier this year, in February, I attended Stanford’s Gear Up for research day. It was fun speaking with students, researchers, faculty and staff interested in increasing productivity and quality related to collaborative scientific authoring. The feedback was excellent – students and faculty were genuinely happy that Stanford was providing free Overleaf Pro accounts to all students and faculty. Collaboration is on the rise, and having an innovative collaborative authoring tool received high praise! You can view my lightning talk slides by clicking here.

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Thanks for making #FuturePub 7 an amazing night!
By John Hammersley

Mimi from Sparrho speaking at Overleaf's FuturePub 7 event on May 10th 2016

just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who attended #FuturePub 7 for making it such a great event -- there were a lot of on point questions and discussion, and it was great to see such a large group make it to the pub afterwards :)

Slides from the talks are now available if you'd like a recap of the presentations, along with a selection of photos and a Storify of the event's tweets!

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