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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit

The Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine only publishes materials about work conducted under the auspices of the Center. For additional information, please contact

How to Submit a Paper

  1. Make sure your paper is in an acceptable format. We can accept papers in Microsoft Word, Wordperfect, or Rich Text Format (RTF).
    If you use a word-processing program other than Microsoft Word or Wordperfect, look for an "export" or "save as" option in your program to save it as an RTF file. If you have questions, please contact
  2. Write an abstract for your paper. The typical abstract is one paragraph long, 150-250 words. Please also list 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 the following things: abstract; keywords; and name, affiliation (department and university), and email address for each author.
  4. If you have any questions, contact us at the above email addresses.

Overview of the Process

After you submit your paper, we will do a very basic check for formatting and completeness. Then we will create an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of it and publish it on the site. You will be notified by e-mail when the paper is posted.