Harvard University on Overleaf

Overview

Harvard University is providing free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional accounts provide real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as reference managers to best fit into your workflow.

Harvard Library offers a guide to help you use Overleaf at https://guides.library.harvard.edu/overleaf.

If you're affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, there are additional, CfA-specific resources available to you at https://www.overleaf.com/edu/harvard-smithsonian-cfa.

Claim your free Professional account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) below. You'll need to verify a Harvard University email address in order to receive your free Professional account.


Join a community of over 3121 authors at Harvard University

sign in   if you already have an Overleaf account.

or

sign up   if you don't have an Overleaf account yet.

Quick Start

Welcome to the quick start guide to Overleaf. We've put together some useful resources and links in the sections below, and if you have any questions about how to get started please let us know and we'll be happy to help!

For Students

Try out the Overleaf editor with built in tutorial

If you'd like to dive straight into the editor, simply click the button to create a new paper using our quick-start template. A short tutorial will walk you through the main features to quickly get you started.

 

Browse the Overleaf template gallery

You can find a selection of featured templates, or check out our full template gallery for more ideas and inspiration.

 

Take our free course to quickly master the LaTeX essentials

If you're new to LaTeX, we've put together a free online course to help you learn the basics. If you have never used LaTeX before, or if it has been a while and you would like a refresher, this is the place to start.

 

For Researchers

Find a journal template

Through our partnerships within the publishing community, we provide a selection of academic journal templates for articles and papers. These templates automatically format your manuscripts in the style required for submission to that journal.

 

Edit in Rich Text mode or directly in LaTeX

Overleaf provides and intuitive and easy-to-use manuscript editor (our rich text mode), which is especially useful if you or your co-authors aren't familiar with writing in LaTeX.

 

If you prefer to edit directly in LaTeX, you can! Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.

 

Submitting your articles to journals, repositories and more

You can also submit your paper directly to a number of journals and other editorial and review services via the publish menu in the editor. Simply open the publish menu from any document and follow the appropriate 'Submit to ...' link.

 

For Teachers

Publishing your projects in the Overleaf gallery

A quick way to share your course templates or lecture notes is to publish them in the Overleaf gallery. You can publish any project from Overleaf to the gallery in just a few clicks.

 

Demonstrating auto-compile error handling to your students

Auto-compile helps users new to LaTeX to find errors in their syntax quickly and easily, and encourages them to fix them as they go, to produce clean, error-free documents.

 

Show your class how to turn on track changes for review (Overleaf v2 only)

Overleaf v2 offers an impressive collection of new and upgraded collaboration features, and your institutional subscription provides all users with access to the powerful track changes feature.

 

Intro Videos

Featured LaTeX Templates

IEEE Journal Paper Template
IEEE Journal Paper Template
This is a skeleton file demonstrating the use of IEEEtran.cls with an IEEE journal paper. To start writing your manuscript in Overleaf, simply click the 'Open as template' button above. Additional IEEE templates are also available - please use the tags below to view. These include: additional article templates for specific journals (e.g. IEEE Photonics), templates for conference papers, and user-submitted examples and adaptations.
Michael Shell
ACM Conference Proceedings - New Master Template
ACM Conference Proceedings - New Master Template
ACM has transitioned to a new authoring template. This new TeX template consolidates the previous eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates. The templates are updated to the latest software versions, developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. The new LaTeX package incorporates updated versions of the following ACM templates: ACM Journals: ACM Small, ACM Large, ACM and TOG (also for SIGGRAPH authors publishing in TOG) ACM proceedings templates: ACM Standard, SIGCHI, SIGCHI abstracts, and SIGPLAN All journals use acmsmall with the following exceptions: acmlarge - Large single column format, used for IMWUT, JOCCH, PACMPL, POMACS, TAP, PACMHCI acmtog - Large double column format, used for TOG Note: Most proceedings authors will use the "sigconf" proceedings template. If you are unsure which template variant to use, please request clarification from your event or publication contact. Before using the 2017 ACM consolidated proceedings template, we strongly suggest that you read the TeX User Guide. Authors who plan to use their own packages should read the longer Implementation Guide. More detailed Instructions for Authors are found at http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/information-for-authors. It is important to provide the proper indexing information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). Accurate semantic tagging provides a reader with quick content reference; facilitates the DL search for related literature; enables several DL topic functions such as aggregated SIG and journal coverage areas; and helps ACM promote your work in other online resources. Once your conference proceedings submission is ready, you can use the “Submit to ACM” button at the top of the Overleaf editor bar to quickly download your files. Please then refer to the submission guidelines in the relevant call-for-papers or on the event website for information on where to submit. For support on using these templates, or on LaTeX in general, please contact the Overleaf team -- we're happy to help.
ACM Journals – New Master Template
ACM Journals – New Master Template
ACM has transitioned to a new authoring template. This new TeX template consolidates the previous eight individual ACM journal and proceedings templates. The templates are updated to the latest software versions, developed to enable accessibility features, and they use a new font set. The new LaTeX package incorporates updated versions of the following ACM templates: ACM Journals: ACM Small, ACM Large, ACM and TOG (also for SIGGRAPH authors publishing in TOG) ACM proceedings templates: ACM Standard, SIGCHI, SIGCHI abstracts, and SIGPLAN All journals use acmsmall with the following exceptions: acmlarge - Large single column format, used for IMWUT, JOCCH, PACMPL, POMACS, TAP, PACMHCI acmtog - Large double column format, used for TOG Note: Most proceedings authors will use the "sigconf" proceedings template. If you are unsure which template variant to use, please request clarification from your event or publication contact. Before using the 2017 ACM consolidated article template, we strongly suggest that you read the TeX User Guide. Authors who plan to use their own packages should read the longer Implementation Guide. More detailed Instructions for Authors are found at http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/information-for-authors. It is important to provide the proper indexing information from the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). Accurate semantic tagging provides a reader with quick content reference; facilitates the DL search for related literature; enables several DL topic functions such as aggregated SIG and journal coverage areas; and helps ACM promote your work in other online resources. Once your article is complete, you can use the “Submit to ACM” button at the top of the Overleaf editor bar to quickly download your paper and go straight to the appropriate ACM submission site. For conference proceedings submissions, please refer to the submission guidelines in the relevant call-for-papers or on the event website. For support on using these templates, or on LaTeX in general, please contact the Overleaf team -- we're happy to help.
APS template
APS template
Template for American Physical Society (APS) and American Institute of Physics (AIP) journals, including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A-E, Physical Review X, Reviews of Modern Physics, Applied Phyiscs Letters, using the ReVTeX document class.
Aaditya
LaTeX template for preparing an article for submission to OSA journals Applied Optics, Advances in Optics and Photonics, JOSA-A, JOSA-B and Optics Letters
LaTeX template for preparing an article for submission to OSA journals Applied Optics, Advances in Optics and Photonics, JOSA-A, JOSA-B and Optics Letters
This template can be used to prepare a research article for submission to OSA’s journals Applied Optics, Advances in Optics and Photonics, JOSA A, JOSA B and Optics Letters. Note that this template can be run from your own TeX system or within the cloud-based Overleaf system (formerly writeLaTeX). Once your article is complete, you may submit it directly to Prism (the OSA's article tracking system) via the 'Submit to OSA' option in the Overleaf editor. Version 1.4, 2015/10/20: update includes addition of Advances in Optics and Photonics style and update to Optics Letters template to include automatic generation of the two reference list styles (abbreviated and full). Version 1.5, 2016/04/19: update to OCIS code styling. Version 1.6, 2016/08/25: refactored .tex to make it more streamlined and less cluttered. Version 1.7, 2017/12/06: journal titles are automatically abbreviated when using BibTeX. aop.sty Version 1.1, 2017/03/25: AOP manuscripts have a narrower column. Version 1.8, 2018/05/20: OCIS codes are no longer compulsory. Version 1.9, 2019/07/19: The styles/ folder is now renamed legacy-styles.
PhD Thesis and Dissertation LaTeX Templates for Harvard, Princeton and New York University (NYU)
PhD Thesis and Dissertation LaTeX Templates for Harvard, Princeton and New York University (NYU)
Dissertate provides a beautiful LaTeX template for a thesis or dissertation. This template has been uploaded into Overleaf so you can get started simply by clicking the button above. It currently provides everything needed to support the production and typesetting of a PhD dissertation at Harvard, Princeton, and NYU. The format and styling are based closely on the requirements published by each university's registrar. For more information, please see the Dissertate on GitHub
PNAS LaTeX Template for preparing single-column mathematics articles on Overleaf
PNAS LaTeX Template for preparing single-column mathematics articles on Overleaf
Overleaf and NAS have created this template for authors submitting single-column mathematics articles to PNAS. The template allows authors to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts using Overleaf. Authors can then submit manuscripts to PNAS by using the PDF and source files generated by Overleaf. To begin writing online (in your browser), simply click the Open as Template button above. The Overleaf PNAS template will be loaded, and additional guidelines for preparing your mathematics submission are included within the template itself. If you're new to Overleaf and LaTeX, check out our tutorial video and free introductory course for help getting started.
arXiv / bioRxiv Template
arXiv / bioRxiv Template
Template for writing scientific manuscripts. Features several examples of how to embed figures directly into the text. Use it to create compiled PDFs - e.g. for pre-peer review publication on the arXiv, bioRxiv, or to a repository such as figshare. To submit your manuscript to the arXiv, bioRxiv, figshare or one of many other destinations linked to from Overleaf, simply click the 'Journals & Services' button on the top bar of the Overleaf editor and choose the appropriate destination from the menu. You can also use the 'Download as zip - for submission' option in the Project menu to download a zip file containing all the required files for the submission (e.g. including the .bbl file if you've used a bibliography file for your references).
Philipp Schlegel
Template for submissions to Scientific Reports
Template for submissions to Scientific Reports
This is an article template for new submissions to Scientific Reports. Online and open access, Scientific Reports is a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. This template has been designed in collaboration with Overleaf to make it easier for you and your co-authors to write and submit your papers online. Scientific Reports is accepting submissions from all scientific fields. For more information, please see the information for authors section of their website.
Basic Academic Journal Article Template
Basic Academic Journal Article Template
This is a basic journal article template which includes metadata fields for multiple authors, affiliations and keywords. It is also set up to use the lineno package for line numbers; these can be turned on by adding the 'lineno' option to the documentclass command.
John Hammersley
A quick guide to LaTeX
A quick guide to LaTeX
Know the LaTeX command you want to use but can't remember how to write it? Here we present a great tips sheet produced by Dave Richeson; it's pre-loaded in Overleaf so you can see how the commands work instantly. Simply click on the button above to open a version in Overleaf for editing (and to quickly copy and paste the commands you need!). For more comments visit this page on Dave's site, or if you'd like to work through a fuller introduction to LaTeX why not check out our free online course?
Example by Division by Zero
Metropolis Beamer Theme
Metropolis Beamer Theme
Metropolis is originally created by Matthias Vogelgesang and is available from https://github.com/matze/mtheme as well as CTAN. More information about the theme, including the design principles, can be found at http://bloerg.net/2014/09/20/a-modern-beamer-theme.html. This version demonstrates the use of a progress bar under the frame titles. See the manual for other customisation options. This template uses metropolis v1.2.
Matthias Vogelgesang
Book design inspired by Edward Tufte
Book design inspired by Edward Tufte
Edward Tufte is a pioneer in the field of data visualization, and his works inspired the creation of two LaTeX classes for books and handouts. Here we present the excellent sample book produced by the The Tufte-LaTeX Developers pre-loaded into Overleaf (formerly writeLaTeX) for you to use as a starting point for your own work. Simply click the button above to use Overleaf to create and edit your article - there's nothing to install and no sign up required. When you're finished, use our integrated publish to figshare option to publish your work freely online. Click here if you'd like to try the corresponding Tufte handout design on Overleaf. PS: If you're new to LaTeX, our free online LaTeX course covers all the steps you need to get you started.
Standard document
Standard document
A4 document with page numbering and adjusted margins. Included options for gentium and times font, as well as language.
Christian L.

FAQ & Help

Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or the Harvard license?

Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team.


I'm new to Overleaf, how should I get started?

We've put together a short How do I use Overleaf help page to give you pointers on exactly that :)


How do I upload an existing LaTeX project into Overleaf?

Here's an FAQ on how to import existing LaTeX documents into Overleaf.


What packages does Overleaf support?

Overleaf supports the packages listed here.


Are there guides available to help me use Overleaf?

Yes, Harvard Library offers a guide to help you use Overleaf at https://guides.library.harvard.edu/overleaf.

Search our FAQ for more help
Showing first {{hits.length}} results of {{hits_total}} for {{searchQueryText}}{{hits.length}} results for {{searchQueryText}}