Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) on Overleaf
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) 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 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 Git and Zenodo 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 Harvard University, there are additional Harvard-specific resources available to you at https://www.overleaf.com/edu/harvard.
Claim your free Professional 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 Overleaf Professional account.
Join a community of over 388 authors at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
FAQ & Help
Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or the CfA license?
Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person.
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 keep my projects private?
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.
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.
Quick links to Overleaf integration guides
- Work offline with Git: how to sync your Overleaf projects using Git.
- See also How to synchronize an Overleaf LaTeX paper with a Github repository (external).
- How to make your paper citable and trackable by publishing to Zenodo.
- How to upload files from Google Drive.
- How to import your references from Zotero.
- How to setup an auto-backup using Overleaf → Dropbox → BitBucket (external).
More resources from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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.