USC Information Sciences Institute on Overleaf


The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California is providing free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional accounts provide real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history.

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 reference managers to best fit into your workflow.

Claim your free Professional account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) below. You'll need to verify a email address in order to receive your free Professional account.

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Quick Start

Welcome to your quick start guide to Overleaf. We've put together some useful resources 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

Check out our LaTeX template gallery with over 1,000 different templates and examples.


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.


Teachers: Create a group for your class

Overleaf also provides a set of teaching tools. Simply click the button to set up a group on Overleaf for your class. You'll then be able to add students to your group by email address.


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FAQ & Help

What is Overleaf?

Overleaf is an online collaborative writing and publishing tool. It allows you to collaborate online with coauthors and greatly simplifies the process of creating and writing a LaTeX document. Overleaf's custom templates allow authors to submit their papers directly to many journals and repositories via Overleaf, including the arXiv.

How can I sign up for my free Overleaf Pro Account?

If you've already confirmed your USC ISI email address on Overleaf, you should have automatically been upgraded to Pro. You can check your status in the How to Join section above. If you think you've correctly added your affiliation but haven't been upgraded, please get in touch and we'll look into it for you.

Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or the USC ISI license?

Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team. You can also direct ISI-specific questions to Diane Eardley, Division Administrator.

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