Macquarie University Successfully Provides Overleaf Accounts to over 40,000 Students and 3,000 Staff
Overleaf, an innovative provider of scholarly writing and publishing tools, and Macquarie University Library have successfully partnered to provide all Macquarie University’s students and staff with an Overleaf Pro+ account.
The Macquarie University Library has provided this access via an Overleaf custom portal, allowing over 40,000 students and 3,000 staff to sign-in to, or sign-up for, an Overleaf Pro+ account which enables users to access all the features provided by the Overleaf platform. Macquarie’s researchers can use Overleaf for writing, collaboration and submission of journal papers. Additionally, lecturers and educators at Macquarie can use Overleaf’s Teaching Toolkit to assist with creation, distribution and management of student assignments.
As part of the partnership arrangement, Overleaf has and will continue to work with teams at Macquarie University to provide ongoing training, marketing and awareness-raising to help maximize the use of Overleaf across the university—to build a communal workspace with which to support and encourage a vibrant network of local, national and international research collaborations.
Fiona Burton, Associate University Librarian, Collections, Discovery & Technology Services says:
“The Library is happy with the take-up of Overleaf at Macquarie following its initial launch in mid-2017, with people from across the disciplines starting to collaborate on this platform. We also were pleased when we heard that as a result of the Overleaf/ShareLaTeX merger, Macquarie ShareLaTeX users would also benefit from the Macquarie subscription.
It has also been popular with our academics at Macquarie—below is the feedback from one of our academics:
‘It’s great for bridging between people who want to write in LaTeX with people who want to read and review that work, but who might not be LaTeX gurus. The useful features are that you can read the document in pdf, and click on parts to be taken to the corresponding part of the LaTeX code. So, it can be easy to read, and comments can still be added by LaTeX novices.’ (Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University).”
John Hammersley, Co-founder and CEO of Overleaf says:
“We’re very excited to be working with Macquarie University. They were an early adopter of Overleaf in Australia, and the enthusiasm shown for Overleaf at all levels has made this an excellent partnership. In particular, their forward-thinking approach to how they can support their students and researchers has been a pleasure to see.”
For questions on this new Overleaf partnership and integration, please contact Mary Anne Baynes, CMO, Overleaf.
Macquarie University is located in Sydney, at the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, a thriving locale that is predicted to double in size in the next 20 years to become the fourth largest CBD in Australia. The University is home to world-class facilities, including Australia’s only fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre. Macquarie University Library building is a state of the art facility which opened in 2011 and contains Australia’s first Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). The Library is visited in person by up to 14,000 people per day, and electronically by up to 17,000 visits per day.
Macquarie is ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world, and with a 5-star QS rating, it is renowned for producing graduates that are among the most sought-after professionals in the world. Macquarie’s enviable research efforts—more than 100 of its researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world—are brought to life by renowned researchers whose audacious solutions to issues of global significance are benefiting the world. For more information please visit us at mq.edu.au.
Overleaf was founded in 2012 by two mathematicians who built a light-weight collaboration system and used it for writing research papers. It was simple and intuitive to use—all you needed was a web browser. This intuitive online platform has since seen rapid adoption across science and research, and Overleaf’s award-winning collaboration technology is now in use by over two million researchers, students and technical writers in institutions, labs and industry worldwide.
Supported by Digital Science, and working in collaboration with international publishers and organizations, Overleaf is helping to make science and research faster, more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific writing process into one connected place in the cloud—from idea, to writing, to review, to publication.
Most recently, in mid-2017 Overleaf acquired its nearest competitor ShareLaTeX, and our expanded team is working to build an even stronger next-generation platform, due for launch later this year.