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Bookmark and Share FAQ for Authors

This page answers authors' frequently asked questions. You can also view the general style sheet for Cascadilla Proceedings Project, as well as information about file formats.
Will I receive a free copy of the proceedings?
No, but authors do receive a 30% discount from the list price on print copies of their proceedings. This author discount should be mentioned when an order is placed, and it will be applied when the order is processed. Authors have free access to the web edition, of course.
Can I repost my paper's PDF file elsewhere?
If you list your paper on your personal web site, please include a link to the table of contents for the proceedings or to the abstract page for your paper. This will allow interested readers to see information about the proceedings and download the PDF file of your paper directly from our site. It will also help your paper appear earlier in search results on Google and elsewhere.
Please do not post an electronic copy of your paper elsewhere. If you placed your paper on your personal web site or a preprint server before publication, please remove that version and link to the official published version instead. The official published version is now freely available to everyone on the Cascadilla Proceedings Project web site.
Can I publish my paper elsewhere after I have published it with CPP?
Along with the rest of the academic community, we discourage duplicate publication. You do retain the right to publish your paper elsewhere in its original or a revised form, as long as that publication does not attempt to duplicate a significant part of a proceedings published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
We sometimes receive questions about whether authors can publish a proceedings paper and later publish a journal article that overlaps with that paper or expands on that paper. It is common and appropriate to publish a proceedings paper on a topic, continue to develop your research and ideas, and then publish a more developed journal article.
Here is a statement from the editors of Language Acquisition: "A paper overlapping with another previously published in conference proceedings can be considered for publication in Language Acquisition, provided that the submitted paper includes substantially more developed arguments, data or discussion."
Language explains in their Notes to Contributors: "If some of the results in a submitted paper have been published elsewhere, the paper you submit should build on those results and should develop the ideas and evidence along new lines or in greater depth."
You do not need to obtain permission from us to republish any identical portions from a paper you published through Cascadilla Proceedings Project, because you retain the copyright to your paper. You are welcome to publish a significantly revised, abbreviated, or expanded version of your paper in any way you want. You should mention that an earlier version of your paper was published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project and include the full reference.
Can I correct a mistake in my abstract?
Yes, just send e-mail to
Can I correct a mistake in my paper at the proof approval stage?
Remember that you did carefully proofread your paper before submitting it. If something in your PDF file at the proof approval stage does not match your original signed printout, let us know and we will fix it. Any mistake which was in your PDF file when you submitted it cannot be fixed unless you cover the cost of making those changes.
Most changes are much more expensive to make at the proof approval stage. Text does not reflow in a PDF file the way that it does in a Word file, so simple corrections that take a few seconds in Word take several minutes each to do correctly using a combination of standard Acrobat tools and expensive Acrobat plug-ins. We then re-optimize the entire file, print a new internal proof, and check that all changes have been made correctly and that no surrounding text or images have changed in the process. If there are characters missing from font subsets, or fonts with licensing restrictions or unusual encoding, or layering issues, or any of numerous other complications, then small changes can take even longer.
Sending us a new PDF file at the proof approval stage is not a solution, nor is making changes to the PDF file yourself. We take each PDF file through dozens to steps to prepare it for publication and ensure that every reader will see the same text and images. Those steps take hours, and starting over with a new PDF file or an altered PDF file is therefore very time-consuming and means redoing hours of previous work.
This is why we don't allow free changes at the proof approval stage. We say this in the style sheet, and we require authors to include a signed statement at the top of the first page when the paper is submitted acknowledging that mistakes in the submitted paper will not be fixed. When our schedule permits it, we do our best to offer you an option to make a limited number of changes as long as you cover the cost of making those changes.
Can I correct a mistake in my paper after publication?
No, once a paper is published it cannot be changed. This preserves the integrity of the scientific literature, and ensures that the print edition and web edition are identical. The only change we can make to the published PDF file is to correct a format error in the file that is preventing it from displaying or printing as originally intended, such as embedding a missing font.
If you discover substantive mistakes in your paper after publication, please keep track of them. We may add an option to the site to list errata for papers.