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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit

The UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine only publishes materials about work conducted under the auspices of faculty from this department. 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 you have questions, please contact
  2. Write an abstract for your paper. It can be any length although we generally prefer less than 300 words. Structured abstracts are preferable. Please also select keywords (MeSH keywords are optimal). These are words that will help a user locate your paper through a search.
  3. Submit the paper by emailing it to
    Create a cover page for your paper with the following information listed: abstract; keywords; and name, affiliation (department and university), and email address for each author, date of completion of the paper, and date(s) of any presentations at scientific meetings.
    Please also include a statement as to whether any funding or support was received for the study (conflict of interest statement).
  4. If you have any questions, contact

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 7 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.

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.