Overleaf is an online LaTeX tool for writing, editing and producing research papers and reports. It combines an easy-to-use, web-based LaTeX editor with real-time collaboration, and the compiled output is produced automatically in the background as you type.
ICS has arranged access to a block of ‘Professional’ licences for Overleaf, available to members of the Department at a much lower price per licence than if purchased directly. The Professional licence includes real-time tracking of changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history, as well as integration with Dropbox, Git and Github.
How much does it cost?
The licensing year under this arrangement runs from January to December, and the price for a Professional licence is £25 per year or part-year. We are grateful to the Department of Computer Science and Technology for making this possible.
How can I obtain a licence?
Licences under this arrangement must be arranged and paid for via your Division. If you are a member of staff, talk to your Divisional administrator about arranging access and payment. If you are a postgraduate or a Part IIB undergraduate, talk to your supervisor to see whether access can be arranged for you.
How do I access Overleaf?
Once you have a licence, you can access Overleaf via the Cambridge University portal at https://www.overleaf.com/edu/cambridge . You will need to log in using your CRSid and your UIS/Raven password.
The first time you log in to Overleaf via the University portal, you will need to activate your new licence either by setting up a new account on Overleaf, or by linking your University login to an existing Overleaf account. You will see links and instructions for the two options.
- New account: Follow the onscreen instructions to create a new account. Once you are logged in to your new account, your licence will be automatically applied to your account.
- Existing account: Once you have followed the instructions to link your existing account to your login via the University portal, you will need to log out and then log back in again via the portal in order to see the licence applied to your account.
You can confirm that your licence has been applied by clicking on ‘Account’ in the black menu bar at the top of the page, and choosing ‘Subscription’. You should see a message that “You have a Professional Overleaf account as a confirmed member of University of Cambridge”.