Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) on Overleaf

Overview

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.

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Quick Start

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For Students

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Submitting your articles to journals, repositories and more

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For Teachers

Publishing your projects in the Overleaf gallery

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Demonstrating auto-compile error handling to your students

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

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Intro Videos

Featured LaTeX Templates

AASTeX Template for submissions to AAS Journals (ApJ/AJ/ApJS/ApJL/RN)
AASTeX Template for submissions to AAS Journals (ApJ/AJ/ApJS/ApJL/RN)
In the abstract update the first paragraph of text to this "The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has developed a markup package to assist authors in preparing manuscripts intended for submission to all the AAS-affiliated journals. The journals are the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), the Astronomical Journal (AJ), ApJ Supplements (ApJS), Letters (ApJL), and Research Notes (RN). The latest LaTeX classfile is AASTeX v6.2 and it can be obtained here. The sample62.tex template uses this classfile to illustrate some of the newer features for submissions to the main Journals. RN authors can used the rnaas.tex template for the shorter Research Notes submissions. The new “RNAAS” style option should be used to suppress the abstract for a Research Note. Authors should consult the extensive guide for all the features in AASTeX v6.2. Once your manuscript is complete, simply use the "Submit to Journal" option in the Overleaf editor to submit your files directly to the journal for processing. Note that you will still need to log on to the submission site to supply additional meta-data. The editorial office will contact you when your submission has been processed and is ready for further input. If you're new to LaTeX, check out our free online introduction to help you get started, or please get in touch if you have any questions.
Template for Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan (PASJ)
Template for Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan (PASJ)
The Journal of Logic and Computation aims to promote the growth of logic and computing, including, among others, the following areas of interest: Logical Systems, such as classical and non-classical logic, constructive logic, categorical logic, modal logic, type theory, feasible maths. The bulk of the content is technical scientific papers, although letters, reviews, and discussions, as well as relevant conference reviews, are included. For more information about the journal, see http://pasj.oxfordjournals.org/.
Oxford University Press (uploaded by LianTze Lim)
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS) LaTeX template and guide for authors
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS) LaTeX template and guide for authors
This is a template and guide for preparing papers for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society using the 'mnras' LaTeX package. See the mnras_template.tex file (included and used by default when opening the template) for a simple template to help you get started. The mnras_guide.tex file (also included) provides instructions for using the additional features in the document class. This is not a general guide on how to use LaTeX, and nor does it replace the journal's instructions to authors.
Oxford University Press
Royal Society Open Science Template
Royal Society Open Science Template
This is the LaTeX template for the Royal Society Open Science – a fast, open journal publishing high quality research across all of science, engineering and mathematics.
Developed by Techset
Astronomy and Astrophysics Template v8.3
Astronomy and Astrophysics Template v8.3
A&A LaTeX macro package v8.3 http://ftp.edpsciences.org/pub/aa/readme.html
Astronomy and Astrophysics
IAU Symposia Proceeding
IAU Symposia Proceeding
A Latex template for the preparation of IAU Symposia Proceedings downloaded from http://www.iau.org/static/scientific_meetings/authors/. The package contains: Class File (iau.cls), Instructions, a Sample PDF and a Sample TeX file
Martyn Bristow
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy - Springer LaTeX Template
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy - Springer LaTeX Template
This is the general template file for LaTeX submissions to Springer journals which can be used to prepare submissions for Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. This template includes a few options for different layouts and content for various journals. Please consult the Springer author guidelines for this journal as needed. Once your manuscript is complete, simply use the "Submit to Journal" option in the Overleaf editor to submit your files directly to the journal for processing. If you're new to LaTeX, check out our free online introduction to help you get started, or please get in touch if you have any questions.
Springer Heidelberg
SPIE Proceedings: Style template and guidelines for authors
SPIE Proceedings: Style template and guidelines for authors
This template is for authors submitting a manuscript to SPIE Proceedings based on an oral or poster presentation at an SPIE conference. The Overleaf template allows authors to write, edit, and collaborate online. Authors can then submit the paper to SPIE Proceedings by downloading the PDF and source files generated from Overleaf. Detailed information about submitting a manuscript to SPIE Proceedings can be found at http://spie.org/x14105.xml. If you're new to Overleaf and LaTeX, check out our free introductory course for help getting started.
SPIE journal article LaTeX template
SPIE journal article LaTeX template
This template is for authors submitting a manuscript to an SPIE journal. The Overleaf template allows journal authors to write, edit, and collaborate online. Authors can then submit the paper to an SPIE journal by downloading the PDF and source files generated from Overleaf. Detailed author guidelines for SPIE journals can be found at http://spie.org/AuthorGuidelines. SPIE journals include: J. Applied Remote Sensing J. Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems J. Biomedical Optics J. Electronic Imaging J. Medical Imaging J. Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS J. Nanophotonics J. Photonics for Energy Neurophotonics Optical Engineering If you're new to Overleaf and LaTeX, check out the free introductory course for help getting started.

FAQ & Help

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