How to submit QED Working Papers

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

What you have to do to submit electronic QED working papers

What does the submit Program do?

How to create a PDF file

Questions, Comments and Suggestions

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. If you have not already set a password to access the submission web page, log in to QED. At the command prompt, type wp_passwd. You will be prompted for the password you'd like to set. Your ID is your QED login ID. This step only needs to be completed once, but you can use it to change your working paper password any time you like.
  3. Go to the submission web page at
  4. Enter your user ID and password you set up with the wp_passwd program. Click Okay to continue
  5. Enter the number of authors for your paper (max. of 5). Click submit.
  6. Fill in the fields on the web form. All authors' first and last names must be entered, as well as the title of the paper and a file to upload. All other fields are optional. Please note: Check the content of the Abstract field, as some TeX and Scientific Word fonts are not handled properly by web browsers.
  7. Check that all the information is correct.
  8. Click the Submit Paper button.
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 accessable 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

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