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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit

The Institute of Marine Sciences at UCSC publishes only materials about work conducted under the auspices of the IMS. 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 Adobe Acrobat (PDF). For other formats such as Microsoft Word, or Rich Text Format (RTF), contact
  2. Write an abstract for your paper of between 250-500 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 [OR CREATE A COVER PAGE FOR YOUR PAPER WITH] the following things: abstract; keywords; and name, affiliation (department and university), and email address for each author.
  4. If you have any questions, contact

Overview of the Process

After you submit your paper we will publish it on the site. 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 "How to Submit"; however, please specify when you submit the paper that it is a revision of a previously submitted paper.

It is necessary that you agree to the terms of publishing in the repository listed in the author agreement. Please print out a copy of the PDF version of the author agreement and submit a signed copy to Gary McDonald at Long Marine Lab,