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21st Century Scientific Authoring at Institutions: Demonstrating the Caltech Overleaf Portal
The challenge of supporting authorship best practices in the era of Open Science offers research libraries an opportunity to develop and offer a diverse set of tools, training, and user support services that facilitate knowledge sharing. The Caltech Library has responded to this opportunity with an innovative ‘Author Carpentry’ approach that provides convenient access to powerful open science authoring tools and services, along with high-quality training and user support. An essential component of the Caltech Author Carpentry program is a collaborative and easy to use LaTeX service, offering an integrated development environment (IDE) for authors, combined with a management portal for the Library. LaTex is a well established and highly effective scientific markup system that allows researchers to fully express their ideas and findings in plain text that is openly accessible by both humans and machines, producing outputs that are readily transformed into publication quality papers, presentations, and other professional documents that may be disseminated on paper or online. Moreover, LaTeX outputs are well integrated into the manuscript submission systems of major scientific publishers. The Library has partnered with Overleaf to develop a customized scientific cloud-based authoring portal that supports scientific authoring in LaTeX for all members of the campus community. Graduate students can rely on the Caltech Overleaf portal to find the thesis template compliant with university requirements including the specifications of the thesis manual and pre-loaded copies of the Caltech logo for the cover page. This demo will show how Caltech is currently using this authoring portal and enhanced templates which provide Caltech-approved copyright notices, disclaimers, and other elements required by Institute policy for all works disseminated by Caltech authors. It will also show how authors preparing manuscripts for submission to journals and conference proceedings will find templates from publishers with preloaded style guidelines and editorial specifications.
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