The University of Manchester on Overleaf


The University of Manchester is providing free Overleaf Professional accounts for all faculty, staff, and post-graduate researchers 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 to best fit into your workflow.

Claim your free Overleaf Professional account on Overleaf by signing up (or signing in) below. You’ll need to credential through The University of Manchester to access your Overleaf Professional account. For those not as yet eligible for the Professional upgrade, i.e. undergraduates, taught students & ex-staff, you can still access the free version and the many benefits that it offers, such as access to templates, and the ability to collaborate on paper writing.

The Research Lifecycle Programme at The University of Manchester are reviewing Overleaf and would like to know what you think about the tool and any suggestions on how it could be improved. Take part in this short survey (< 5 mins) to let the team know what you think.

Please note, Overleaf should not be used for the sharing or storing of highly restricted data and should only contain information which is suitable for the public domain. If you are unsure, or require guidance, the University policies for Data Classification is available via the following link:

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Quick Start

Welcome to the quick start guide to Overleaf. We've put together some useful resources and links 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!

For Researchers

Find a journal template

Through our partnerships within the publishing community, we provide a selection of academic journal templates for articles and papers. These templates automatically format your manuscripts in the style required for submission to that journal.


Edit in Rich Text mode or directly in LaTeX

Overleaf provides an intuitive and easy-to-use manuscript editor (our rich text mode), which is especially useful if you or your co-authors aren't familiar with writing in LaTeX.


If you prefer to edit directly in LaTeX, you can! Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.


Submitting your articles to journals, repositories and more

You can also submit your paper directly to a number of journals and other editorial and review services via the publish menu in the editor. Simply open the publish menu from any document and follow the appropriate 'Submit to ...' link.


For Teachers

Publishing your projects in the Overleaf gallery

A quick way to share your course templates or lecture notes is to publish them in the Overleaf gallery. You can publish any project from Overleaf to the gallery in just a few clicks.


Demonstrating auto-compile error handling to your students

Auto-compile helps users new to LaTeX to find errors in their syntax quickly and easily, and encourages them to fix them as they go, to produce clean, error-free documents.


Show your class how to turn on track changes for review

Overleaf v2 offers an impressive collection of new and upgraded collaboration features, and your institutional subscription provides all users with access to the powerful track changes feature.


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FAQ & Help

Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or The University of Manchester license?

Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team.

For any questions related to Library Research Services at The University of Manchester please contact

If you are a current member of Staff, an active member of the Research community and, or a Post Graduate Researcher and you believe you should have access to the full licence, i.e. an error has been made, then please register your query by raising a ticket via the UoM IT Support Portal.

I'm new to Overleaf, how should I get started?

We've put together a short How do I use Overleaf help page to give you pointers on exactly that :)

How do I upload an existing LaTeX project into Overleaf?

Here's an FAQ on how to import existing LaTeX documents into Overleaf.

What packages does Overleaf support?

Overleaf supports the packages listed here.

More resources from The University of Manchester Library

Please visit the Library Researcher Services website for more information on disseminating research, managing data, and identifying impact.

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