Frequently Asked Questions

I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Can the Law Library scan the printed page to a PDF file?

Yes--scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository. Contact the Law Library to have us scan your article and use OCR. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.

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What HTML is supported in the abstract?

If you submit an abstract in HTML format, be sure to select the corresponding option on the submission form.

The following HTML tags are recognized by the system and may be used to format an abstract (use lowercase tags):

How to include HTML tags

HTML tags
<p> - paragraph
<p>This is the first paragraph.</p>
<p>This is the second paragraph.</p>

This is the first paragraph.

This is the second paragraph.

<br /> - line break
<p>This is a line of text with a linebreak here. <br /> This is text after</p>

This is a line of text with a linebreak here.
This is text after

<strong> - strong/bold
<strong>bold text</strong>

bold text

<em> - italics/emphasis
<em>italicized text</em>

italicized text

<sub> - subscript
Text with <sub>subscript</sub>

Text with subscript

<sup> - superscript
Text with <sup>superscript</sup>

Text with superscript

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How do I include accents and special characters in the abstracts and titles?

The repository supports the worldwide character set (Unicode, utf-8). Accents, symbols, and other special characters may be copied and pasted into the abstract or title field from a word processing file or typed in directly. Windows users may also use the Character Map to insert these characters. Macintosh users may use the Character Palette (available via Edit > Special Characters in the Finder).

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How do I revise a submission?

To revise a submission that's been posted, contact Ellen Augustiniak with the new version.

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Can I post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) alongside the published article?

Yes. The bepress system refers to these supplementary items as Associated Files. You'll be prompted to submit Associated Files when you upload your submissions. The name of the files you upload will appear on the site, along with your short description of it.

Please be sure that there are no permissions issues related to use of the associated material. Sometimes, especially with images, you neeed permission to use the material before it can be posted.

Also note that (where possible) images, charts and tables that are referenced in the document (or otherwise an integral part of the document) should be included in the article itself—not posted as associated files.

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Can I post a reprint from a journal?

It depends on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with you. If it would not violate copyright to post the reprint on your repository site, you're welcome to do so. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.

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A working paper in thia site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?

It depends. Many journals don't have any restrictions on working papers that preceded an article, especially if substantial revisions were made. You should check your publication agreement to confirm that there's no problem with leaving the working paper on the site. The repository posting is almost certainly noncommercial use.

If your working paper does remain on posted, it's a good idea to include the citation to the published article on the cover page of the repository working paper. Please contact Ellen Augustiniak to request this change.

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