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Overleaf and LaTeX at Brown

This guide is for helping Brown's Overleaf and LaTeX users with scholarly writing and theses and dissertations. This guide was adapted from content created by Shelly Miller and Helen Josephine.


Brown University is providing free Overleaf Pro+ accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Mendeley, Git and to best fit into your workflow. Claim your free 20GB Pro+ account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) using on the page "Create Your Account". You'll need to verify a Brown University email address in order to receive your free Pro+ account. N.b. that ShareLaTeX and Overleaf have merged. For support contact Overleaf or email

Short Video Introduction to Overleaf

Interactive Online Introduction to LaTeX

Overleaf offers the following features that ease collaborative research, writing and publishing workflows:

  • Real-time preview of projects to review your document while editing and writing - type on the left and see your finished document on the right.

  • Integrated, streamlined publishing allows you to submit immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to dozens of publishing partners.

Collaborate and Submit Manuscripts with Overleaf

Collaboration and Journal tools

Every project you create has a secret link. Just send it to your co-authors, and they can review, comment and edit. Overleaf synchronizes changes from all authors, so everyone always has the latest version. More advanced tools include protected projects and integration with Git.

Collaborate online and offline with Overleaf and Git

Protected projects with Overleaf Pro

Publishers, Journals and Repositories linked on Overleaf