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A five-step guide to the Overleaf teaching tools

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

With our new teaching account you can quickly and easily send out assignments to your students, which they can complete online and submit back to you with a single click. Here we present a visual five-step guide to getting set up with a teaching account and using the integrated tools to create, distribute and collect your course assignments. We finish with a short video demonstration of all the features in action.

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Enhanced Teaching Toolkit now available through our Pro+Teach plan

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

We're excited to announce that the Overleaf Teaching Tools are now available as part of the new and improved Pro+Teach license. The teaching toolkit allows you to quickly and easily create assignments on Overleaf to send out to students; these assignments can then be completed online on Overleaf and submitted back to you with a single click for marking and review.

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New Feature: Code-folding of sections and environments

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

The first version of code-folding is now live on Overleaf! You can fold and unfold sections to make it easier to navigate through and work on large documents.

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Growing adoption of ORCID on Overleaf – over 5,000 linked ORCID accounts and four ORCID badges!

Posted on February 23, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

At the start of November 2016 we launched our integration with ORCID, to enable users to link their Overleaf account with their ORCID iD to help securely establish their identity and provide a quick way to login to Overleaf using their ORCID credentials. We're delighted to announce that as of today, 5,295 Overleaf users have linked their ORCID accounts with their Overleaf account – equivalent to almost 50 per day since the launch! It's great to see such a rapid adoption of ORCID by our users, and reflects the growing adoption of ORCID as a standard, persistent identifier for researchers around the world. We're also excited to have received our first four ORCID badges (who doesn't like badges?!) for officially conforming to the ORCID standards for Authenticating, Collecting, Displaying and Connecting the ORCID iDs on Overleaf. Check out our badge gallery below :-)

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Yewno and Crossref confirmed as speakers at #FuturePub 10

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Quick link: Register here! Monday, March 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Near Kings Cross, London Free Pizza & Drinks! Our 3rd and 4th speakers for #FuturePub 10 are confirmed as Vicky from Yewno and Janne from Peerage of Science!

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Come join us in London on March 13th for #FuturePub 10

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Quick link: Register here! Monday, March 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Near Kings Cross, London Free Pizza & Drinks! After a great turnout at our last #FuturePub in London in September, and given that lots of people are in town for the London Bookfair in March, we're hosting our tenth (!) #FuturePub as a pre-LBF event on March 13th!

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600,000 users on Overleaf make over 2 billion edits!

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

We’re excited to announce that Overleaf now has over 600,000 registered users! And not only that… together you've made over 2 billion edits across all the projects you've worked on over the past 4 years. That's simply amazing! For those of you wondering what 2 billion edits looks like, it's equivalent to around 11.5 billion pages compiled – so over four years we've compiled (on average) 100 pages each second! Or, to put it another way, if you printed off all of those pages and stacked them up, you'd have a pile 9,000km high – 1000 times the height of Mount Everest! We've come a long way since it was just John Lees-Miller and I at the start of it all back in 2013... cue artistic shot of two explorers looking upwards on Mt. Everest – alas no, this isn't John and I :) Photo by Lloyd Smith, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link to original.

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Overleaf CTO Dr John Lees-Miller interviewed for #DevWeek17

Posted on February 13, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

DeveloperWeek 2017 is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series with over 50 week-long events and dozens of city-wide partner events. The theme this year is, ‘The Industrial Revolution of Code’ – examining the ways in which code is revolutionizing the way we conduct business and ourselves. To celebrate #DevWeek17, Digital Science – Overleaf's lead investor – are conducting a series of interviews of those involved in the development of new tools and innovations in the research space. Delighted to help kick things off, our very own Dr John Lees-Miller is up first! Here's his first answer; check out the original interview for the full set, including John's advice for those looking to break into the competitive world of software development.

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Case Study - Purdue University - Graduate School improves thesis authoring and submission processes

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

The Purdue University Graduate School was evaluating tools and solutions that would address the following goals: Make the thesis writing process easier for students. Decrease the amount of time and work required by the Graduate School to review theses. Streamline the thesis review process. Providing premium Overleaf accounts and customized writing templates to all students, faculty and staff is helping the Purdue Graduate School achieve these goals.

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Guest Post Feature: Edifix Converts Unstructured Bibliographies to BibTeX

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Edifix is an exciting new solution that employs a unique and patented heuristic parsing system to analyze references and create structured data from unstructured, plain text bibliographies. It converts your reference list into a variety of formats, including BibTeX.

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Eine Mindmap vom Matheplaneten

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Feed

Heute begegnete mir eine TikZ-Mindmap – in freier Wildbahn! Ich sah sie auf der Matheplanet-Award-Verleihung. Ich konnte nicht umhin, ein bisschen daran herumzubasteln, aber nur wenig. Weil ich Serifen in Diagrammen nicht so dolle mag, lieber Styles definiere statt Schriftbefehle in nodes zu setzen, bisschen kürze und einrücke und mit Leerzeichen den Code etwas für …

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eLife simplifies submission for authors through new collaborations

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Cambridge, UK – Friday, January 13, 2017: eLife is integrating new authoring tools into its submission system to give authors more choice about how they submit their work. eLife, the non-profit initiative inspired by research funders and led by scientists, aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. eLife is now working with Overleaf,, PubRef and Authorea, to allow authors to write and submit research to the journal as quickly and easily as possible.

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What time is it? Time for the Overleaf Campus Challenge 2017!!!

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Want to win great Overleaf prizes for your whole institution? Check out our Campus Challenge 2017! It’s fun and free – all you have to do is use Overleaf and encourage your friends and classmates to do so too! Everyone who signs up from your institution – including students, faculty and staff – will earn ‘ducks’ for working on Overleaf. Each duck adds to your institution’s total score and at the end of the challenge, March 31, 2017, the institution with the most ducks wins free Overleaf Pro accounts for everyone at that institution, or one of our special prizes if your institution already has a site license!

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24 hours left: LaTeX books for $5

Posted on January 8, 2017 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

Right now, Packt Publishing sells my two LaTeX books for just $5 each. (ebook version:…

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A flying start to the University of Cambridge Overleaf trial

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

The trial started on September 22nd, at which point the 434 existing users were automatically upgraded to Pro. Since the launch of the trial, sign-ups have continued to grow, and three months later (December 21st) there are a total of 1,008 users from the University of Cambridge on Overleaf.

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