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Online Submission Frequently Asked Questions

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Is my work eligible for online submission?

ERIC welcomes contributions that are education-related and meet the quality criteria set forth in the ERIC Selection Policy. Preference is given to preference to content funded by the Department of Education or other federal agencies, professional conference papers or proceedings, reports from credible sources not yet reviewed for selection, and dissertations, theses and practicum papers. A journal article is eligible only if it is a result of federal funding or is submitted by the author.

I presented a paper at a conference several years ago, but forgot to submit it to ERIC. May I still do so?

Yes. ERIC welcomes contributions of materials meeting selection standards, regardless of the date.

How can I contribute my paper to ERIC?

Individuals may submit materials using ERIC's Online Submission system.

Before you begin, be sure your paper is ready for submission.

  • Remove personally identifying information about research participants such as names, Social Security numbers, or addresses. For privacy reasons, this information may not be included.
  • Remove your CV or resume if it is appended or included in the document.
  • Verify that all edits and corrections are complete, and that any editing marks from tracked changes are removed.
  • Verify that a cover page with the title, author name(s), and publication date is included; for unpublished works, use the date of document completion.
  • Make sure the document is a single, 508 compliant PDF. For more information about 508 compliance, see here

To submit your paper, click here

What should be in my abstract?

For guidance on how to create an abstract, please see here.

I am submitting an unpublished work. What should I enter for the publication date?

You can use the date the document was completed. ERIC requires a publication month and year, at a minimum, for online submissions. The date on the cover page of your document must match the date recorded on the online submission form.

My references, tables, slides, and text are in different files. Can't I just submit them one after the other?

No. Your submission must be a complete PDF file.

How will I know if ERIC has accepted my submission? How long does it take for an accepted item to appear in the database? How will it appear?

Materials selected for inclusion in ERIC will be added to the collection within 30 days of submission. Accepted materials are indexed with an ED (ERIC Document) accession number, and 'Online Submission' or ‘Grantee Submission’ is indicated in the Source field.

If I submit a paper to ERIC, and it is added to the database, can I still publish the paper elsewhere?

Yes. When you contribute your work to ERIC, you grant permission to index the material and disseminate it online. You do not transfer copyright to ERIC and may seek publication. However, once you submit a document to ERIC, you are granting perpetual access to the content for ERIC users that cannot be revoked.

What if I prepare multiple papers from the same study?

It is possible that an individual author may prepare and submit multiple papers addressing aspects of the same topic. In order for ERIC to consider them all as unique contributions, however, they must differ in major, substantive ways. Papers in which the content has been reorganized, but whole passages are repeated from previous works, or for which only the title has been slightly reworded, are not eligible for inclusion in ERIC.

Will the ERIC record indicate whether my paper has been peer reviewed?

Peer reviewed will be automatically indicated for U.S. Federal grantees who are submitting their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts under Public Access requirements

For non-grantee submissions, ERIC will include the peer-review indicator on the record if there is proof of peer review. ERIC accepts the following as proof: 1) a statement or explanation of the peer-review process on the first page of the document, or 2) a link, provided as part of the submission process, to the publisher's website page or a PDF outlining the peer-review process. ERIC accepts blind, or anonymous, and expert peer reviews as acceptable types of peer review. The work will only be marked as peer reviewed with substantiating evidence of an accepted peer-review process. Internal, editorial reviews and dissertation reviews are not recognized by ERIC as an accepted type for the ERIC record peer-review indicator.

If the submitter claims that a work has been peer reviewed, but does not provide adequate evidence, the work will not be marked as peer reviewed.

I submitted a paper to ERIC's online submission system last year that was peer reviewed Can I apply for the peer-review indicator be added to the ERIC record?

No. The peer-review indicator is being added to new online submissions from individuals going forward.

May I make changes to my paper after submission or inclusion in the database?

No. Please be sure to check all files carefully before uploading them to ERIC so that your document is the final, edited versions. Grantees should refer to the IES Policy Regarding Public Access to Research.

I receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education for my research. Must I submit my published work to ERIC?

Beginning in FY 2012, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) requires its grantees to submit the electronic version of their final manuscript to ERIC upon acceptance for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The author's final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all modifications from the peer review process. Posting for public accessibility through ERIC is strongly encouraged as soon as possible but must be within 12 months of the publisher's official date of final publication. Please note that the Grant or Contract Number and Funding Agency Name must appear both in the online submission form and on the document itself to be accepted as a submission.

For more information, see the IES Policy Regarding Public Access to Research.

Our organization produces materials (e.g., research reports) that are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. How should they be submitted to ERIC?

U.S. Department of Education grantees and contractors producing reports and related research published in fulfillment of work requirements should submit these materials to ERIC through our Online Submission System. Select the 'Yes' to the questions "Has your work been funded (in whole or in part) by a U.S. government research grant or contract". Please also specify the funding source within the Department. This information may be used as an indexing aid and will not necessarily appear in the ERIC record.

Whom can I contact with questions?

Questions may be submitted to the ERIC at