Overleaf, formerly WriteLaTeX is an open-source collaborative, cloud-based LaTeX editor used for writing, editing and publishing scientific documents. It partners with a wide range of scientific publishers to provide official journal LaTeX templates, and direct submission links.
Overleaf was co-founded in 2012, by John Hammersley and John Lees-Miller. Both are mathematicians and were inspired by their own experiences in academia to create a better solution for collaborative scientific writing.
Overleaf is a privately held company run by its two founders. The company received strategic investment from Digital Science in 2014, after being part of the Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator programme in 2013.. Overleaf won Innovative Internet Business at the 2014 Nominet Internet Awards, and featured 99th in SyndicateRoom's 2018 list of Britain's top 100 fastest-growing business.
On January 14th 2016, Overleaf founder John Hammersley took part in a Reddit AMA on the r/science subreddit.
On July 20th, 2017, Overleaf acquired ShareLaTeX, to create a combined community of over two million users. Overleaf V2 combined original features from both into a single cloud-based platform hosted at overleaf.com.
Overleaf is available as an on-premise solution for enterprise companies. It is locally installed for businesses who want to host their data inside their firewalls on local servers.
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