Brandeis University on Overleaf
Brandeis University is providing Overleaf Professional features for all students, faculty/instructors and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.
Overleaf Professional features include:
Claim your Overleaf professional upgrade by signing up or signing in. You’ll need to link your account to your Brandeis Single Sign On.
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Welcome to the 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
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.
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 an 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 Faculty and Instructors
Introducing Students to LaTeX
Overleaf has several on-demand webinars available that address a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics.
Getting help for students with accessibility issues
There may be occasions where users are collaborating across different LaTeX platforms due to preference or accessibility reasons. In this case, LaTeX file sharing can be facilitated through the Overleaf Git-Bridge, an Overleaf integration with GitHub.com. See the Brandeis Library guide LaTeX with Overleaf for details on how to collaborate with Overleaf or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help students understand LaTeX errors
Addressing errors as they happen helps ensure that your LaTeX project continues to compile and look the way it should.
Show your class how to turn on track changes for review
Overleaf offers an impressive collection of collaboration features, and your institutional subscription provides all users with access to the powerful track changes feature.
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.impressive collection of 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 Brandeis license?
If you need technical support while working on any Overleaf projects, please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team.
You can also direct specific questions and training requests to Brandeis Library Data Services at
How do I receive my Overleaf Professional account?
Sign up (or sign in) to link your account to your Brandeis University Single Sign On in order to receive your free Overleaf Professional account.
- Any current Overleaf accounts (on the free plan or paid subscription) do not change. All you need to do is add your Brandeis email to your account.
- You can cancel your non Brandeis paid subscription without worrying about losing access to your account, projects or collaborations. If you have not added in your Brandeis email to your Overleaf account, your account will be placed on the free plan.
- If you want to receive a prorated reimbursement for a subscription you have already paid for, please contact email@example.com. You can cancel your paid account online and it only cancels the renewal subscription.
- No data needs to be migrated when you leave or change subscriptions.
- Private LaTeX templates remain private.
This page provides more details on Overleaf accounts and subscriptions, and this page provides more details on joining an institutional subscription.
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, or see the Brandeis Library guide LaTeX with Overleaf.
You can also check out upcoming and on-demand webinars.
How do I upload an existing LaTeX project into Overleaf?
Here's an FAQ on how to import existing LaTeX documents into Overleaf.
What packages does Overleaf support?
Overleaf supports the packages listed here.
How secure is my research data protected on Overleaf?
Faculty, instructors, researchers, staff and students have the responsibility to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Written Information Security Policy (WISP). It is especially important to maintain the safeguarding of data that may contain personally identifiable information(PII). It is strongly recommended to minimize PII or sensitive data contained within documentation developed in Overleaf and the provides LaTeX templates. For more information about using Overleaf or LaTeX, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about keeping your data secure, contact email@example.com.