Overleaf has launched a service for publishers and institutions – the Overleaf LaTeX Validation Service. The service enables publishers and other third parties to more easily process LaTeX manuscripts for publication, saving time for authors and providing publishers with improved consistency and quality control.
The idea is simple: to address the common cause of problems in the traditional submission process, where a journal or repository cannot reproduce the author’s view of the compiled manuscript due to missing files or mismatched software versions. This typically causes a lot of problems, because from the author’s perspective, everything already looks correct. Overleaf eliminates this issues by providing authors and editors with the same view of the document; that which was compiled and validated using Overleaf.
In this way, the service offers a robust solution to the challenges of managing LaTeX submissions, allowing third parties to use the Overleaf technology and servers to handle all of their LaTeX compilations automatically, via a managed Application Programming Interface (API).
Overleaf co-founder and CEO, John Hammersley, commented: 'We’re excited to offer this new service to our partners by providing integrated access to our highly scalable, field-tested and proven technology.
'To date more than 20 billion LaTeX pages have been typeset using our platforms – a figure that also represents a huge variety in type of content from our diverse mix of users around the world – and we’re happy to be able to extend our technology benefits and experience to the wider authoring and publishing community.'
All services will also include full LaTeX technical support via Overleaf’s current support system and personnel, as well as a metrics and analytics dashboard to provide statistics such as the number of compilations processed each day. Partners can choose to implement the service in a number of ways, and can also work with Overleaf to enhance and customise the service to meet publisher-specific validation and workflow requirements.