Who Can Access This Software?

Viterbi School now provides free Overleaf Professional accounts for all Viterbi faculty, students, and staff.


Overleaf is an online collaborative scientific writing and publishing tool. It is designed to make the process of writing, editing, and producing scientific papers much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as arXiv, Git and Plot.ly to best fit into your workflow.

Overleaf Professional accounts provide:

Online collaboration in LaTeX or RichText within one editing platform - easily switch between either mode.

Real-time collaboration in your browser for sharing and editing projects with authorized users. You can remove collaborators at any time.

Real-time track changes and visible collaborator cursor(s).

Real-time preview of projects to view the PDF version of your document while editing and writing - type on the left and see your typeset document on the right.

Full history view of your projects – see all changes made for the entire life of the project, with the ability to revert to any past change.

Integrated, streamlined publishing - allows you to publish immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to dozens of publishing partners.

Unlimited number of invited collaborators (& link sharing) with advanced access control for protected projects.

Two-way sync with Dropbox and GitHub.

Reference manager sync and advanced reference search.

Priority support.

How to Access This Software

All Viterbi faculty, students, and staff can log in using their USCNet ID and password through https://www.overleaf.com/edu/usc.

New user: After USC SSO and DUO 2-Factor authentication (2FA), a new Overleaf Professional account with access to premium features will be provisioned for you.

Existing Overleaf user: After USC SSO and DUO 2FA, you will be presented with the option to link USC NetID with your Overleaf account. After linking your account, premium features of Overleaf Professional account will be accessible to you. All your existing data/projects shall remain intact.


Can non-Viterbi student, faculty, and staff claim Viterbi license of Overleaf Professional accounts?

No. Non-Viterbi faculty, students, and staff are not eligible to receive premium features of Overleaf Professional account under the Viterbi license even if they link their USCNetID account with the Overleaf system. Non-Viterbi users of Overleaf may upgrade to Overleaf Professional accounts for premium features at their own expense.

Does faculty on secondary appointment with Viterbi eligible for Viterbi license of Overleaf Professional accounts?

Yes. Faculty on secondary appointment with Viterbi will need to use the Viterbi Service Desk tool in myViterbi portal, https://myviterbi.usc.edu to submit a ticket requesting manual inclusion to Viterbi license. Once your secondary appointment with Viterbi is verified and your request is processed, your next access to Overleaf system using USC SSO will promote your Overleaf account to Professional level for access to premium features.

Where do I get help with using Overleaf and LaTex?

Published on March 27th, 2020

Last updated on November 22nd, 2022