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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit

The Center for Research on Teaching Excellence (CRTE) only publishes materials about work conducted under the auspices of the CRTE and the teaching guidebook. For additional information, please visit

How to Submit a Paper

  1. Make sure your paper is in an acceptable format. We can accept papers in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). As needed, we can convert files from some programs into an acceptable format.
  2. Write an abstract for your paper, which should not exceed 500 words. Please also select keywords. These are words that will help a user locate your paper through a search.
  3. Submit the paper by emailing it to Include in an email message please indicate the following details: abstract; keywords; and name, affiliation (department and university), and email address for each author.
  4. If you have any questions, please contact the CRTE at

Overview of the Review Process

After you submit your paper, we will create an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the paper. We will then send you a message asking you to approve the PDF version. Please look it over within 5 days and reply to as soon as possible. At this stage, we're unable to make any changes beyond the truly necessary. You will be notified by e-mail when the paper is posted.

How to Revise Your Paper

If you publish this paper or a revised version elsewhere, for example in a journal, please send the citation of the new version to We will be able to inform repository users about the new version.

If you would like to post a revised version of your paper on the site, please follow the instructions in the "How to Submit" section. However, please specify when you submit the paper that it is a revision of a previously submitted paper.