Imperial College London on Overleaf


Imperial College London Library are providing free Overleaf Pro+ accounts for all students, staff, and researchers who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. You do not have to be familiar with LaTeX to use Overleaf. 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.

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Quick Start

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!

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

Imperial College London PhD Thesis LaTeX Template
Imperial College London PhD Thesis LaTeX Template
This is the LaTeX template for Imperial College London PhD Thesis submissions created by Tamas Suto and William Knottenbelt For more information on preparing your thesis for submission, and to download other forms, please see the Information for Current Full-time DOC Research Students page on the Imperial website.
Imperial College London Competition Poster Template
Imperial College London Competition Poster Template
Imperial College London provides a set of Competition Poster Templates with official colour-scheme and branding guidelines. Here we provide LaTeX versions of these templates, which use the beamer poster theme created for Imperial College by Lian Tze Lim (Overleaf). To start working on your poster, simply click the 'Open as Template' button above. You'll be able to set up your template to use any of the four official Imperial College London poster colour-schemes: Black Dark Blue Light Blue White The template also provides the option to toggle between different sizes (e.g. A0, A1) and different orientations (portrait, landscape) as required. The example poster shown on the right uses the White colour-scheme, and is set to be A0, portrait by default.
Imperial College London and LianTze Lim
Maths Coursework Template
Maths Coursework Template
Obtained from C496
Qiao Han
Unofficial Imperial College London Beamer Presentation Template
Unofficial Imperial College London Beamer Presentation Template
This is a basic LaTeX Beamer template that I customised to have the logo of ICL and a background picture. Mind that this is NOT an official ICL template but it may still be useful for informal presentations. The official ICL graphical identity resources can be found here. Please drop me an e-mail or comment via Twitter @AJunyentFerre if you found this was useful or have any suggestion to improve it.
Adrià Junyent-Ferré
(Unofficial) Thesis Template for Imperial College London
(Unofficial) Thesis Template for Imperial College London
An “unofficial”, not-so-plain thesis template for Imperial College London that meets the list of submission requirements. Each chapter has its own reference section, which is populated exclusively with the citations from that chapter.
Sam Cooper
Imperial Industrial Placement Report Template
Imperial Industrial Placement Report Template
Simple latex template for industrial placement and internship reports at Imperial Designed for electrical and electronic engineering primarily
Models of Computation Assessed Coursework Template
Models of Computation Assessed Coursework Template
LaTeX template for C240 Models of Computation assessed coursework Contains macros for typesetting operational semantic rules and proof trees and other notation used in the first half of the course. Department of Computing, Imperial College London
Thomas Wood
C240 Models of Computation Assessed Coursework 2 Template
C240 Models of Computation Assessed Coursework 2 Template
Template for C240 Models of Computation Assessed Coursework 2 Contains macros for typesetting register machines in textual, graphical and encoded formats. Department of Computing, Imperial College London This work is released into the Public Domain.
Thomas Wood
Approved Imperial College London Beamer Presentation Template
Approved Imperial College London Beamer Presentation Template
Presentation template that follows the branding and style guidelines of Imperial College London as of June 2017. A title frame together with a few popular arrangements for content frames are provided.
Jan Eichstaedt

FAQ & Help

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More resources from the Imperial College London Library

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The photo shown at the top of this page is of the Queen's Lawn at Imperial's South Kensington Campus. It was taken by Dmnk.saman in June 2014 and is reproduced here under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.