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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit

IES only publishes materials about work conducted under the auspices of IES. 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, Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF).
    If you use a word-processing program other than Microsoft Word, look for an "export" or "save as" option in your program to save it as an RTF file. If need be, we can convert files from some programs into an acceptable format. Please contact
  2. Write an abstract for your paper. Abstracts must be under 100 words in length. 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 the following information: abstract; keywords; and name, affiliation (department and university), and email address for each author.

NOTE: IES does not accept unsolicited working papers. Please contact if you are interested in writing for our working paper series.

Overview of the 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. If IES does not receive a response within 5 days, we will post your paper in its originally submitted form.

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 "How to Submit"; however, please specify when you submit the paper that it is a revision of a previously submitted paper.