The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is providing free Overleaf Pro accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.
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 Mendeley, Git and Plot.ly to best fit into your workflow.
Claim your free 10GB Pro account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) below. You'll need to verify a CfA email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to receive your free Pro account.
Welcome to your 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simply click the button to set up a group on Overleaf for your class. You'll then be able to add students to your group by email address.
Once you've set up your class (see above), this video shows you how to create and distribute assignments to your students.
You can also read a quick guide to the assignment tools on our blog.
Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person.
We've put together a short How do I use Overleaf help page to give you pointers on exactly that :)
You can keep your projects private by using the Protected Projects feature included with your Pro account. Here's more information about how to use Protected Projects.
Please visit the CfA Library website for more information and a list of other useful resources and services.
The photo shown at the top of this page is of the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It was taken by Pingswept in 2005 and is reproduced here under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license.