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Original author(s)John Hammersley & John Lees-Miller
TypeWeb application

Overleaf is a collaborative cloud-based LaTeX editor used for writing, editing and publishing scientific documents.[1][2] It partners with a wide range of scientific publishers to provide official journal LaTeX templates, and direct submission links.[3][4][5]

Overleaf was originally launched in 2012 as WriteLaTeX by the company WriteLaTeX Limited, co-founded by John Hammersley and John Lees-Miller.[6][7][8][9][10] Both are mathematicians and were inspired by their own experiences in academia to create a better solution for collaborative scientific writing.[11][12] They started developing WriteLaTeX from 2011.[13] They launched the beta version of Overleaf on the 16th of January 2014 at their first #FuturePub event held at the British Library in London.[14][15]

On the 20th of July 2017, Overleaf acquired ShareLaTeX to create a combined community of over two million users.[16][17][18] This led to the creation of Overleaf v2, combining original features from both into a single cloud-based platform hosted at[19][18]

Overleaf was selected as one of the ten teams who participated to the 2013 Summer's Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV) accelerator programme.[20][21][22] That program started on the 1st of July 2013 and lasted for 3 months.[23][24][25] The Demo Day of that BGV 2013 Summer program was held on the 19th of September 2013.[26]

The company received strategic investment from Digital Science in 2014.[27][28][29][30] Overleaf won Innovative Internet Business at the 2014 Nominet Internet Awards,[31] and featured 99th in SyndicateRoom's 2018 list of Britain's top 100 fastest-growing business.[32]

Overleaf has been discussed as a tool for writing scientific publications in Nature,[33] Science,[34] Red Hats[35] and the German IT magazine heise online.[36] "In 2017, CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, adopted Overleaf as its preferred collaborative authoring platform."[33]

Overleaf provides templates for submission to scientific journals and conferences. For example the IEEE[37] and Springer[38] (incl. Nature[39]) mention the possibility for submission using Overleaf.

See also


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  2. "Overleaf - About us". Retrieved 7 March 2020. 
  3. "ScholarOne Partner Program". Retrieved 18 November 2019. 
  4. "New partnership between AIP Publishing and Overleaf provides an enhanced authoring experience". AIP Publishing. 22 October 2018. 
  5. "WriteLaTeX limited". Retrieved 7 March 2020. 
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  10. Budrikis, Zoe (10 May 2019). "Interactions: John Hammersley". Retrieved 7 March 2020. 
  11. King, George (2 July 2015). "The Overleaf Founder Story". Retrieved 18 November 2019. 
  12. Hammersley, John (Winter 2015). "Collaborative Writing" (in en). Journal of Electronic Publishing 18 (1). doi:10.3998/3336451.0018.116.;rgn=main. Retrieved 7 March 2020. 
  13. Freyfogle, Ed (17 January 2014). "The #futurepub event" (in en). Retrieved 7 March 2020. 
  14. Mulvany, Ian (18 January 2014). "WriteLateX/Overleaf launch event at the British Library" (in en). Retrieved 7 March 2020. 
  15. "Overleaf and ShareLaTeX join forces to create community of two million". 20 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019. 
  16. "Overleaf and ShareLaTeX join forces to create community of two million". 20 July 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  17. 18.0 18.1 "ShareLaTeX is now part of Overleaf". Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  18. "The Definitive, Non-Technical Introduction to LaTeX, Professional Typesetting and Scientific Publishing - OverLeaf — The Popular Choice". Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  19. "Announcing BGV Summer 2013 Cohort!". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  20. "Teams announced for Bethnal Green Ventures Summer 2013". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  21. "WriteLaTeX joining forces with Bethnal Green Ventures and Nesta". 25 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  22. "The Bethnal Green Ventures Incubator opens for entries". 17 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  23. "We’re back!". 14 February 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  24. Miller, Paul (14 February 2013). "Bethnal Green Ventures — some good news". Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  25. "And suddenly… it’s almost DEMO DAY!". 17 September 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2020. 
  26. Shepherd, Cameron (23 July 2014). "Digital Science Invests in London start-up WriteLaTeX" (in en). Retrieved 9 March 2020. 
  27. "Digital Science invests in WriteLaTeX" (in en). 23 July 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2020. 
  28. Zhou, Larry (23 July 2014). "WriteLaTeX picks up funding to push its collaborative academic writing tool" (in en). Retrieved 9 March 2020. 
  29. Page, Benedicte (24 July 2014). "Digital Science in WriteLaTeX investment" (in en). Retrieved 9 March 2020. 
  30. Nominet (3 July 2014). "Nominet Internet Award winners 2014 revealed" (in en). Retrieved 8 January 2020. 
  31. SyndicateRoom and Beauhurst. "Britain's Top 100 fastest-growing businesses 2018" (in en). Retrieved 8 January 2020. 
  32. 33.0 33.1 Perkel, Jeffrey M. (2020-03-31). "Synchronized editing: the future of collaborative writing" (in en). Nature 580: 154–155. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00916-6. 
  33. PainApr. 30, Elisabeth; 2018; Pm, 3:00 (2018-04-30). "How to write your Ph.D. thesis" (in en). 
  34. Feed 269up, 03 Nov 2015 Lois Donnelly. "A breakdown of FOSS for students and researchers in academia" (in en). 
  35. online, heise. "LaTeX im Browser: Overleaf und ShareLaTeX fusionieren" (in de). 
  36. "What is Overleaf?". 
  37. "Write your article using Overleaf | Springer" (in en). 
  38. "Submit a LaTeX manuscript to a Springer journal using Overleaf" (in en). 

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