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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

How to Submit a Paper to the Working Paper Series

  1. Make sure your paper is in an acceptable format: 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. Your paper can be emailed as an attachment to
  3. In the e-mail message, include:
    • title
    • an abstract for your paper, limited to 200 words.
    • keywords that will help a user locate your paper through a search.
    • JEL classification codes, when applicable.
    • author's names, author's affiliations (department and university, etc), author's email.
  4. If you have any questions, contact the IBER Editor, (510) 642-1923,

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 look over and approve the PDF version. Please reply within 5 days. 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 to keep a citation of it in perpetuity.

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:
IBER Editor
(510) 642-1923