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  • Partnership between Overleaf and SPIE to Simplify Publishing Submission Process

    Posted by Mary Anne on August 6, 2015

    Overleaf today announced a new publishing partnership with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Its authors will now have access to the award-winning Overleaf collaborative writing and publishing platform – customized for SPIE journal and proceedings submissions. The partnership provides SPIE authors with easy-to-use, custom LaTeX templates - as well as simple submission links - to the SPIE proceedings or journal of their choice.

    SPIE Overleaf Link Screenshot

    Gwen Weerts, Managing Editor of SPIE journals says:

    “Many of our journal authors are new to LaTeX, and they’re authoring in that environment at the recommendation of an advisor or mentor. Unsurprisingly, they find it challenging! We are thrilled that Overleaf has created an interface to simplify LaTeX authorship, and also allow collaboration between authors. We believe our authors will appreciate the simple and intuitive user-interface while using our journal and proceedings templates, and the submission links directly to our submission systems will simplify the submission process.”

    Custom templates will be available to help authors write and publish their work in the correct format, either for journals or for proceedings. The partnership allows SPIE journal authors to access the Overleaf scientific writing service directly from SPIE, using links from the author guidelines. Once the authors have completed writing and collaborating on a document in Overleaf, they will be able to submit directly to the SPIE Proceedings or to the SPIE journal of their choice, using a ‘journal selector’ submission link from within the Overleaf platform. This ‘journal selector’ submission link will allow authors to choose from ten SPIE journals for submission.

    John Hammersley, Founder & CEO of Overleaf says:

    “We met Gwen Weerts at the CSE Conference earlier this year and after discussing what SPIE required with their ten different journals and their conference proceedings, we knew we had a solution that would be a perfect fit. Developing a custom LaTeX SPIE template with an integrated ‘journal selector’ makes their submission process easy and intuitive.”

    The main SPIE journal template and submission link is now live, with the SPIE Proceedings template and submission link coming later in August 2015.

    If you would like more information on setting up a partnership for your organization, contact Mary Anne Baynes via our contact page.

    About SPIE

    SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.


    About Overleaf

    Founded in 2012, Overleaf is an academic authorship tool that allows seamless collaboration and effortless manuscript submission, all underpinned by cloud-technology.

    By providing an intuitive online collaborative writing and publishing platform, Overleaf is making the process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents quicker and easier. With over 250,000 registered users, Overleaf has been growing rapidly since its launch, mainly through the grassroots movement that has formed around the platform. Researchers and academics can now write, collaborate, and publish with a single click, directly from the Overleaf web-app. Publishers and Institutions are partnering with Overleaf to provide customized writing templates, simple reference tool linking, and one-click publishing submission links.

    In July 2015, Overleaf was shortlisted for the 2015 ALPSP Innovation in Publishing award, demonstrating excellence in terms of originality and innovation, significance and value to the community, utility and long-term viability. In July 2014, Overleaf was crowned Innovative Internet Business of 2014 at the Nominet Internet Awards held in London, representing the pinnacle of online innovation in the UK. Overleaf is a Digital Science portfolio company.

    Visit and follow @overleaf on Twitter.

    About Digital Science

    Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

    Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

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