- Posted by John on December 15, 2015
How to use Overleaf with IEEE Collabratec™ – your quick guide to getting started
Note: As of December 2023, IEEE is no longer providing access to Overleaf premium features for Collabratec users newly linking their accounts to Overleaf. You can still link your IEEE Collabratec account to your Overleaf account, but this won’t grant access to Overleaf’s premium features.
Note: This article shows screenshots of the integration of IEEE Collabratec™ with the Overleaf v1 platform, but the process is largely the same in the new Overleaf v2 platform. You will not see Collabratec icons on your Overleaf v2 dashboard, but you can still manage the Overleaf projects in your Collabratec library from the Collabratec side.
Here's our short guide to help you get started, where we cover how to:
- Get set up by linking your Overleaf and Collabratec accounts
- Save existing Overleaf documents into your Collabratec library
- Open your Collabratec LaTeX projects directly in Overleaf for editing online
- Make changes and keep documents and metadata in-sync across both platforms
- Create new research papers using the IEEE LaTeX templates with your metadata pre-filled in on Overleaf
Click the links above to jump straight to that section, or just continue reading below!
Adding your Overleaf projects to your Collabratec library
Once your accounts are connected, you'll see some new options appears on your Projects dashboard in Overleaf:
My Overleaf dashboard shows the projects I've added to Collabratec.
You now have the option to add any Overleaf project to Collabratec simply by clicking the 'CT' icon on that project's listing – it'll turn green when the project has been added. You can also see which projects you've already added by clicking the 'IEEE Collabratec' option from the menu bar on the left. To remove a project at any time, simply click the 'CT' icon again and it'll turn gray.
You can also search your Overleaf projects directly from Collabratec by clicking the 'Add' button on the right hand side of your Collabratec library, selecting 'Browse Files' and then choosing the Overleaf option in the menu:
I can view and search all of my Overleaf projects from within Collabratec, to add them to my library.
Once added, these projects will be available immediately in your Collabratec library, and are highlighted with the Overleaf logo so you can easily spot them!
My Collabratec library shows the two articles I've just added from Overleaf.
You can now use these in the same way as any of your other documents on Collabratec, such as sharing them within your networks or finding new collaborators.
Editing your Overleaf projects and syncing your metadata in Collabratec
If you need to edit a project you've already added to your Collabratec library, it's as easy as editing your normal projects on Overleaf! Simply open the project, either from Overleaf or from within Collabratec (there's a prominent "Open in Overleaf" button as shown in the screenshot below), and you can edit in Overleaf as usual.
Articles can be opened for editing in Overleaf with just the click of a button, and document metadata is synced between the platforms without a need to type it out separately.
When you've finished editing in Overleaf, simply hit the "Sync document metadata" button in Collabratec to refresh the entry in your library with the latest changes.
Here's a paper written by my co-founder John Lees-Miller; the metadata has been imported automatically into Collabratec from Overleaf.
How to create new LaTeX documents in Collabratec
It's really easy to create a new LaTeX document in Collabratec for editing in Overleaf. To get started, click the green 'Add' button on the right hand side of your Collabratec library, select 'Create New' and choose the LaTeX option from the menu that pops up:
Today I think I'll start writing a new research paper in LaTeX...
You can choose to pre-fill out some metadata if you wish, or you can just pick a title and a template and get started straight away by clicking 'Create':
This is the imaginatively titled 'Example Paper' I'm about to start writing in Overleaf.
This will automatically open the Overleaf editor with that template for you to start writing online - nothing to download or install. Any metadata you filled out in Collabratec will be passed across to Overleaf so it'll be there in your paper when you start writing:
The start of my new research paper, with the title metadata passed across automatically from Collabratec.
You can then write and collaborate on your paper in Overleaf as normal, where you and your co-authors can either edit directly in LaTeX or using our Rich Text mode if you prefer to see less code when you write.
When you've finished writing, there's a link to submit your paper to the IEEE for publication at the top of the editor.
You can submit your papers from Overleaf directly to many different journals and publishers, including the IEEE.
And you're done! Congratulations, you made it all the way through our getting started guide! You should now be ready to sign up to Collabratec to get started.