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Submission Guidelines

Benefits of Submitting to eScholarship

Publishing your paper or presentation in eScholarship will make it freely available on the internet and discoverable through mechanisms such as Google Scholar. So that you can track the effect of this increased availability and discoverability, eScholarship provides monthly reports on current and historic usage data.

Note about Co-authors

If you have UC co-authors, please check to see if your contribution is already in eScholarship.

Previously Published Articles

If your article has been published elsewhere, please submit it to eScholarship as a Postprint by selecting “Publish” and “Submit Postprints” in the menu above. Please bear in mind that publishers' policies vary on the re-publication of articles or monographs (known as "postprints"). While most journal publishers allow posting on a nonprofit site associated with the author's institution or on his or her homepage, some do not.

You should review the language of your publishing agreement to determine whether or not you have the right to post your article in an open access site maintained by your institution. If you are still unsure, the SHERPA/RoMEO (Publisher Copyright Policies & Self-Archiving) website is a resource for determining the postprint and preprint policies of a wide range of — though not all — publishers and journals. Be aware that the University of California has not verified the information on this site. You should contact your publisher directly if you have questions.

Previously Unpublished Articles and Other Materials

  1. Make sure your paper is in an acceptable Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, or RTF format - PowerPoint slides will need to be converted. If you have audio or some other file type, please contact to discuss.
  2. Write an abstract for your paper. It can be any length. Please also select three to five 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

Overview of the Process

After you submit your paper, it will be reviewed and you may be contacted with questions. You will be notified by e-mail if the submission is accepted and again when it is posted.