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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

We appreciated your interest in our center, but please note that we can only accept working paper submissions from approved UC Berkeley faculty and, on occasion, approved UC Berkeley graduate students.

Who Can Submit

Please contact Henrietta Williams at to find out the criteria for submission.

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), Adobe Acrobat (PDF), and postscript (PS).
    If you use Microsoft Word to convert to PDF, the preferred method is to use File-->Print-->, then change printer to Acrobat Distiller.
    If you use a text-processing program other than Microsoft Word, look for an "export" or "save as" option in your program.
  2. Write an abstract for your paper. We suggest a limit of 200 words. Please also select keywords. These are words that will help a user locate your paper through a search. When applicable, include JEL classification codes.
  3. Submit the paper by emailing it to Include in an email message the following things: Title; abstract; keywords; JEL#s; and authors' names, affiliations (department and university), and email address for each author.
  4. If you have any questions, contact

Overview of the Process

Author Review for New Papers:

After you submit your paper, we will post it and then send you a message asking you to approve the PDF version. Please look it over within 5 days and reply to Henrietta Williams at as soon as possible. At this stage, we're unable to make any changes beyond the truly necessary. We will also be asking you to sign an author agreement giving the Repository non-exclusive rights to post the paper and keep a citation of it in perpetuity.

Migration of Older Papers (submitted prior to 01-01-2002) to the Repository (Courtesy Author Review):

We will notify authors of papers previously listed on the various Burch-produced publication sites as these papers are posted to the new eScholarship Repository. This is a courtesy notice that provides you with an opportunity to look over the text, to send an updated citation/URL for the most recent version, and to note the new location. 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 contact Henrietta Williams at