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Attending the launch of Dimensions from Digital Science

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Earlier this week I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of the new Dimensions product from our colleagues at Digital Science. Held at the Wellcome Trust building in central London, the evening was a mix of invited talks and panel discussions from speakers across the research workflow, along with a live demo of the new product from Daniel Hook and Christian Herzog who have led this project from its inception. The reaction in the room was very positive and engaged, which was all the more impressive given that this was an after work event on a Monday night! At its core, Dimensions is connecting together the data behind the different elements of research – including grants, publications, citations, clinical trials and patents – and allowing the user to query that data in a very flexible way to make it as broad or specific as they need. For researchers it provides immediate, free access to search and citation data for 86 million articles and books.

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Lift-off with ShareLaTeX: Cornell Rocketry wins documentation award

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this Question and Answer session, Simran Shinh of Cornell University (Operations Research Engineering '20) tells us why Cornell Rocketry chose ShareLaTeX and how it helped them win an award for their technical documentation. Cornell Rocketry Team’s rocket, Ezra, leaves the launch pad. Photo credit: Liam Patterson (Electrical Engineering '20).

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Tip of the Week: How to download an Overleaf template

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this week’s tip we provide a short video showing how to download an Overleaf template for use in a local TeX/LaTeX installation.

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LaTeX tutorial in the iX Magazine

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

The iX, magazine for professional IT in German language, started a tutorial about LaTeX. The current issue 1/2018 deals…

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Guest Post Feature: Could crowdfunding your research be right for you in 2018?

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Crowd.Science is a platform which aims to help academics raise the funding they need for their research. In this article, Natalie Jonk, co-founder and CEO of Crowd.Science, shares some valuable insights for anyone considering crowdfunding as a way to fund their next research project. The Crowd.Science platform home page.

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Color Table Series Part 2: Xcolor Package

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Overview Introduction to colors The colortbl package The xcolor package   3. The xcolor package While coloring tables, the xcolor package provides the same commands as colortbl. The reason is that loading the xcolor package with the table option loads the colortbl package in the background. On top to the functionality provided by colortbl (discussed ... [Read more...]

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Counting LaTeX commands in a bunch of files

Posted on January 15, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

I hope that I want bore anyone to death with blog posts related to the journal I’m working for, but here’s another story about my experiences with that. I am currently writing a manual for authors wanting to prepare a paper for Wiadomości Matematyczne. We accept LaTeX files, of course, but we have our own LaTeX class (not yet public), and adapting what others wrote (usually using article) is sometimes a lot of work. Having the authors follow our guidelines could make that slightly less work, which is something I’d be quite happy with. (Of course, making a bunch of university mathematicians do something reasonable would be an achievement in itself.) When I presented (the current version of) the manual to my colleagues in the editorial board, we agreed that nobody will read it anyway. And then I had an idea of preparing a TL;DR version, just a few sentences, where I could mention the one thing I want to get across: dear authors, please do not do anything fancy, just stick with plain ol’ LaTeX. And one component of that message could be a list of LaTeX commands people should stick to. (If you have never worked for a ...

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Tip of the Week: New Year, New Font? Check out the fonts available on Overleaf

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Are you looking to refresh your document design and layout using some different fonts, or wondering just which fonts are supported on Overleaf? One way to unlock many new design possibilities is to use OpenType fonts via the the fontspec package—fonts galore!

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Overleaf’s LaTeX tutorial—now available in five languages!

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know that Overleaf has a LaTeX tutorial—with hands-on guidance using examples that you can work through to build-up your LaTeX expertise?

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OpenType-based math typesetting: An introduction to the STIX2 OpenType fonts

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

In this article we take a brief look at the STIX2 fonts, the latest set of high quality OpenType text and math fonts produced by the Scientific and Technical Information Exchange (STIX) font project. We provide a range of resources including a ShareLaTeX template, a video and a downloadable glyph chart detailing over 5000 glyphs contained in the STIX2 OpenType math font STIX2Math.otf. An example page from the glyph chart for the STIX2 OpenType math font STIX2Math.otf.

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A small editing tool for work with AMSrefs

Posted on January 7, 2018 by Content AND Presentation Feed

As I mentioned many times, I often edit LaTeX files written by someone else for a journal. One thing which is notoriously difficult to get right when writing academic papers is bibliographies. At Wiadomości Matematyczne, we use AMSrefs, which is really nice (even if it has some rough edges here and there). (BTW, BibLaTeX was not as mature as it is today when we settled on our tool; also, AMSrefs might be a tad easier to customize, though I’m not sure about that anymore…) One of the commands AMSrefs offers is \citelist. Instead of writing things like papers \cite{1}, \cite{2} and~\cite{3}, you write papers \citelist{\cite{1}\cite{2}\cite{3}}, and AMSrefs sorts these entries and compresses runs into ranges (like in [1-3]). The only problem is that most authors have no idea that this exists, and we often have to convert “manual” lists of citations into \citelist‘s. Well, as usual, Emacs to the rescue.

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Why to join a TeX users group

Posted on January 7, 2018 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

As I wanted to write a post about benefits of joining the TeX Users Group,…

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Tip of the Week: Using Overleaf teaching tools with your learning management system

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

Did you know you can use the Overleaf teaching tools with your learning management system? Once you've created your teaching assignment on Overleaf, you'll be provided with a unique URL you can share with your students.

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LaTeX pillory – macros everywhere

Posted on December 31, 2017 by Content AND Presentation Feed

A few years ago, my frustration with what people do with (or to…) LaTeX made me start a (now rather abandoned) series of blog posts (in Polish) with the common theme of a “LaTeX pillory”. The name is somwhet misleading, since I don’t really want to shame anyone – but I do want to put shame on some practices. This time I received something that is so terrifying that I decided to revive that project.

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Happy Holidays! 2017 Remembered…

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Overleaf! It’s amazing how quickly this year has flown by—and what a year it has been! We’ve seen huge growth and exciting changes and as always, we owe a huge THANK YOU to our customers and users. We certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without your support. So THANK YOU!!! We wanted to share our 2017 highlights with you all—for both the company and for individuals on the team. We hope you find them interesting! Thanks again for an amazing 2017 and here’s to a fun, happy and successful 2018 for you all!

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