This page gives instructions on how to submit working papers in order to make them available for electronic downloading through the World Wide Web. Only QED working papers may be submitted.

General Information

You can submit working papers electronically in PDF format only.

How to submit electronic QED working papers

  1. The working paper must be on the computer you are currently working on. The paper must be in PDF format.
  2. The Department of Economics will provide you with your account details. You may log in at
  3. After logging in, you will land on your profile page. Click on the 'Add a Working Paper' button.
  4. Fill in all of the fields, and upload the working paper PDF in the Files field. Mandatory fields are denoted by a red asterisk.
  5. Check that all information is correct, and click 'Save' when finished, or 'Preview' before saving to ensure all details look correct.

If you need to change your password at any time, ensure you are logged out and go to

What does the Submit Program do?

When you submit a working paper, several thing occur. The information you give is stored in a searchable database that allows easy access to your paper. Keywords and JEL codes are important to allow your paper to be found. The papers are also listed by year. Next, the information for your paper is stored in the department's RePEc archive, allowing it to be found on the RePEc website. (Click here for the RePEc website. The archive is updated over night.) The final event is that your paper is uploaded to QED, and a cover page is generated using the information you provided and inserted at the front of your paper. It is saved in a location accessible from the web via the search page, annual listings, or RePEc.

How to create a PDF file

For Windows Users:

There are several ways to create PDF document:

Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat, not the free PDF reader, installed on your computer if you are using Microsoft Word or and older version of Corel's WordPerfect.

If you are using MS Word or an older version of Word Perfect:

  1. Load your document into your preferred editor (WordPerfect, MS Word).
  2. Click on File, click on Print.
  3. When the print dialog appears, there is a box called Current Printer. Click the down arrow beside the name of your printer. From the list that appears, click on Acrobat Distiller.
  4. Click the print button.
  5. Depending on your distiller settings, you may be prompted where you want to save your new PDF file. If not, when the Adobe Acrobat appears, click on File, Save As, and select where you want to save your file. Click save.

If you are using OpenOffice or StarOffice, you can create a PDF file directly by clicking on the PDF icon in the tool bar. Adobe Acrobat does not need to be installed.

If you are using WinEdt with MikTeX, you can use the DVIPDF program as well as pdftex that comes with MikTeX to generate a PDF from your document.

With GSView, installed from Packman for free, you can also convert PS to PDF.

  1. Install GSView from Packman
  2. Install a Postscript printer driver that comes with Windows XP. e.g. any HP printer with PS option
  3. Print to a file using the installed Postscript printer.
  4. Open the file is GSView and select "Convert using pdfwrite" and choose high resolution (720 dpi).

For the latest version of WordPerfect, the PDF generator is built in.

For Linux Users:

  1. Create a Postscript File as indicated above.
  2. Move the Postscript file to
  3. Log into QED as you normally would.
  4. At the command prompt type ps2pdf [] [newfilename.pdf] and hit enter. Once the program is finished running, you will have created a PDF file.
  5. You can also convert DVI files directly into PDF files by using the dvipdfm command, as in dvipdfm [yourfilename.dvi].
  6. If you are using OpenOffice or StarOffice, you can create a PDF file directly by clicking on the PDF icon.

Questions, Comments, and Suggestions

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions as to how we can improve electronic access to our working papers, please contact Mark Babcock at 32277 or by email at