GETZ-seminar: Collaborative academic writing

Friday 11 June 2021 10.00 – 10.45


A new GETZ - Gösta Ekman Tutorial Zeminars: Basic, hands-on tutorials on topics of interest to researchers, instructors and others. On June 11, 2021, 10.00-10.45, professor Stefan Wiens, Department of Psychology, will talk about "Collaborative academic writing".

Time: Friday, June 11, 10.00-10.45.

Place: Online in Zoom -
Meeting-ID: 689 8675 8237

Title: Collaborative academic writing.


In science, most publications are co-authored by several authors. Although the first author has the main responsibility for the manuscript, other authors often have to contribute parts to it. Traditionally, the first author writes a first draft and mails it to the co-authors. After waiting impatiently for replies, the author tries to integrate all suggestions and comments. This task is time-consuming and may be difficult if co-authors suggest incompatible revisions. Afterward, the cycle starts again (e.g., draft v.2).

Nowadays, it is possible to have the manuscript as an online document and share it with the co-authors. Thus, all authors have access to the latest version and can see suggestions from others. However, the typical online tools have difficulties in handling figures, formatting, and references.

Since the beginning of this year, I am using Overleaf, an online LaTeX platform (

It has all the features that one could desire for collaborative academic writing: It works both online and offline, allows commenting, has version control, handles figures and tables well, manages references nicely, and handles formatting extremely well (because it uses LaTeX). It took some time for me to learn it, but the effort has paid off. For our latest example, see; this is the original manuscript that we submitted to a journal.

The goal of this seminar is to introduce Overleaf and to discuss different options for collaborative academic writing. 

No notification of participation needed.


For more information on GETZ, please contact professor Stefan Wiens,, or professor Mats E. Nilsson,