Macquarie University on Overleaf


Macquarie University is providing free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff 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 such as reference managers to best fit into your workflow.

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Quick Start

Welcome to the Macquarie University 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 Students

Try out the Overleaf editor with built in tutorial

If you'd like to dive straight into the editor, simply click the button to create a new paper using our quick-start template. A short tutorial will walk you through the main features to quickly get you started.


Browse the Overleaf template gallery

You can find a selection of featured templates, or check out our full template gallery for more ideas and inspiration.


Take our free course to quickly master the LaTeX essentials

If you're new to LaTeX, we've put together a free online course to help you learn the basics. If you have never used LaTeX before, or if it has been a while and you would like a refresher, this is the place to start.


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 and 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 only)

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.


Intro Videos

Featured LaTeX Templates

Macquarie University Thesis
Macquarie University Thesis
This thesis template was created by Dr Kelly Williams, NHMRC Early Career Fellow with the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Macquarie University. Feedback on this template is welcome and can be submitted by emailing
Kelly Williams
Basic Academic Journal Article Template
Basic Academic Journal Article Template
This is a basic journal article template which includes metadata fields for multiple authors, affiliations and keywords. It is also set up to use the lineno package for line numbers; these can be turned on by adding the 'lineno' option to the documentclass command.
John Hammersley
A quick guide to LaTeX
A quick guide to LaTeX
Know the LaTeX command you want to use but can't remember how to write it? Here we present a great tips sheet produced by Dave Richeson; it's pre-loaded in Overleaf so you can see how the commands work instantly. Simply click on the button above to open a version in Overleaf for editing (and to quickly copy and paste the commands you need!). For more comments visit this page on Dave's site, or if you'd like to work through a fuller introduction to LaTeX why not check out our free online course?
Example by Division by Zero
Your APA6-Style Manuscript
Your APA6-Style Manuscript
This template shows how you can use the apa6 package to write a manuscript in the style of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which is widely used in the social sciences. The template includes an example bibliography that shows how to automatically generate APA-style citations and bibliography entries. Please see the apa6 package documentation for more information.
IEEE for journals template with bibtex example files included
IEEE for journals template with bibtex example files included
This is a skeleton file demonstrating the use of the IEEEtran.cls style with an IEEE journal paper, and with example bibliography files included. These bibliography files are includes to provide one example of how to set up a bibliography for your IEEE paper. For more information on using bibtex for references in your IEEE journal papers, see this FAQ. IEEEtran.cls version: 1.8b
IEEE template by Michael Shell
Example of Elsevier article template with dummy text
Example of Elsevier article template with dummy text
This is the Elsevier article class with dummy text included to give an example of how the template looks when filled out. This example is provided by Vel, and was originally posted on LaTeXTemplates:
Template by Elsevier; dummy text added by Velimir Gayevskiy of
Footnote Citations with Biblatex
Footnote Citations with Biblatex
This example shows how to create citations in footnotes using biblatex. Biblatex automatically formats references and citations, much like BibTeX, but biblatex is more robust and more powerful. You can (almost certainly) use your existing .bib databases with biblatex, it comes with a wide variety of styles built in, and it's much easier to write your own custom styles. In this example, we use the verbose-ibid style to generate footnotes with automatic “ibid.” abbreviations. For a full list of styles, see the user guide in the biblatex manual.
A simple example showing how to create Harvard style referencing in LaTeX
A simple example showing how to create Harvard style referencing in LaTeX
The following examples show how to produce Harvard style references using biblatex. See this post on TeX StackExchange for further discussion on the Harvard referencing style, and this post for more details on switching to biblatex if you're more familiar with e.g. natbib.
John Hammersley
Template for Oxford University Press (OUP) Journals (2009)
Template for Oxford University Press (OUP) Journals (2009)
This sample is a guideline for preparing technical papers using LaTeX for manuscript submission for all Journals of OUP*. This sample article uses a class file named ouparticle.cls that authors should use for their manuscript preparation. It is similar in use to the article class file of LaTeX, but has some extra fields in the preamble and some extended commands for other parts of the article. *Note: this template is from 2009, and we recommend checking the latest author guidelines for your intended target OUP journal before starting to prepare your manuscript.
Oxford University Press (uploaded by LianTze Lim)
A general template file for the LaTeX package SVJour3 for Springer journals
A general template file for the LaTeX package SVJour3 for Springer journals
This is the general template file for the LaTeX package SVJour3 for Springer journals, downloaded from the Springer website on May 4th 2018. This template includes a few options for different layouts and content for various journals. Please consult a previous issue of your journal as needed.
Springer Heidelberg

FAQ & Help

Who should I contact if I have questions about Overleaf or the Macquarie license?

Please use our contact form and we'll make sure your question gets to the right person in our team. You can also direct Macquarie-specific questions to your Research or Clinical Librarian.

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.

How should Macquarie University Theses be formatted?

Information for Macquarie University HDR candidates can be found on the Higher Degree Research website.

Included are general instructions for thesis presentation. Please discuss the particulars of format and referencing style with your Supervisor.

You may find this template suitable but as requirements differ between disciplines you should check its suitability with your Supervisor.

How do I know what referencing style and presentation I should use for my assignment?

Follow the instructions of your Unit Convenor when preparing assignments. Information about the format and referencing style required will be available in iLearn. For more information about referencing styles see our Referencing Guide.

Can I use BibTeX for referencing in Overleaf?

See this short instructional video to get you started with bibliographies using BibTex.

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