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  • The Overleaf Insider - Issue 2

    Posted by Mary Anne on March 10, 2015

    All the latest news and updates from Overleaf, including our new feature releases, new partnerships and upcoming events.

    Issue 2, 2015

    New Overleaf Updates

    Improved track changes

    The track changes view in version comparison mode has been upgraded, to give higher fidelity to complex changes. If you've not used the track changes feature before, here's a getting started guide.


    Improved git server

    In January we released an early version of git-sync, to enable you to work offline and sync your changes back to your online Overleaf account. We've been working hard to improve stability this month, and have now released an updated git server which is much more robust. Find out how to get started here.

    Updated 'Introduction to LaTeX' course

    Our free online course to help you learn LaTeX has had a refresh! Check out Part 1 here.

    New option to 'set main file' 

    If you wish to change the primary .tex file within your project, now you can! Read here for more details.  

    Coming soon - faster, higher quality pdf preview

    We're in the final stages of testing two major upgrades to the pdf preview, which will improve both refresh speed and quality. More details in the next issue!

    New Templates and Submission Links

    Nature Publishing Group: Scientific Data & Scientific Reports

    Overleaf is happy to establish a new partnership with Scientific Data and Scientific Reports from Nature Publishing Group - creating new templates and submission links bespoke to each journal within the Overleaf platform.
    Overleaf users will now be able to write in the correct template and format to publish in Scientific Data and/or Scientific Reports. Once the document is complete, the user can submit to either journal using the submission links.
    “We are delighted to be forging stronger ties with Overleaf as this will allow us to provide better support for authors who wish to prepare their manuscripts in LaTeX”, said Nandita Quaderi, Publishing Director for Open Research at Nature Publishing Group.

    Scientific Data is an open-access publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets, and exists to help you publish, discover and reuse research data. The journal is open to submissions from a broad range of natural science disciplines, including descriptions of big and small data, from single labs to major consortia.  Check out the template

    Scientific Reports is the home for rapidly published, highly visible open access research. Multi-disciplinary in scope, we’re open to all, publishing sound original research papers across the natural and clinical sciences without barriers to access.  Check out the template


    Genetics Society of America

    Overleaf is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Genetics Society of America (GSA). Through this partnership, authors submitting to GSA’s GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics journals will soon have access to Overleaf. Custom GSA journal templates will be available to help authors write and publish their work in the correct journal format. The partnership allows GSA Journal authors to access the Overleaf scientific writing service directly, using links from the GENETICS and G3 manuscript submission sites. Once the author has completed writing and collaborating on a document in Overleaf, they will be able to submit directly to the GENETICS or G3 journals using a link from Overleaf. Full launch of the templates and submission links will be available in March 2015.

    Oxford University Press: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (EMPH)

    Overleaf is pleased to bring you a new Clinical Briefs template for submissions to Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (EMPH), an open access journal from Oxford University Press. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health’s Clinical Briefs are pioneering, one-page summaries of evolutionary thought as applied to clinical conditions and pathologies. Clinical Briefs are designed to be accessible in style and useful for medical practitioners.

    Once your Clinical Brief is ready for submission, all you have to do is click the “Submit to EMPH” option from within Overleaf to download all the files required for submission and to be taken to the EMPH submission portal to complete the process.

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    Publish your article in PeerJ Computer Science – for free!

    We are excited that our friends over at PeerJ have added a new addition to the PeerJ family: PeerJ Computer Science, a cross-disciplinary open access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science. And what’s more you can publish your research for free!

    Head over to PeerJ Computer Science to read more about the journal and its 322 strong Editorial and Advisory Board which includes a number of high profile computer scientists including Vint Cerf, Wendy Hall, David Patterson and Mary Shaw.

    Register your interest on the journal’s homepage and you’ll get free publication credit. You’ll also be given the option to pass this offer on to your colleagues - so everyone benefits! Sign up today!

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    ScholarOne Users Group
    April 15-16
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Digital Science Publisher Day
    April 20 Washington DC, USA

    STM Annual Meeting (International Association of Scientific, 
    Technical & Medical Publishers)

    April 21-23 Washington DC, USA

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