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I'm a PhD-student in economics and so far I have no experience with publishing. Before I submit my first article to a journal, I would like to publish it as a working paper. However, I would like to ask if this is useful. Is it rather the rule or the exception to publish a working paper in advance? And can the working paper have a negative impact on the subsequent publication in a journal? Is there anything else I should be aware of?

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  • By 'publishing it as a working paper' you mean to post it on some Internet repository? Oct 9, 2020 at 12:21
  • Do you have a supervisor? Oct 9, 2020 at 12:22
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    @Philosopherofscience Yes, maybe on SSRN
    – TobKel
    Oct 9, 2020 at 12:38
  • @user2705196 Yes, I have a supervisor
    – TobKel
    Oct 9, 2020 at 12:39
  • I cannot comment much. Never did it. I'm always concerned that the journal is going to say that it's already out there. Oct 9, 2020 at 12:44

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This question was asked during the pandemic and never received an answer, but did get some useful comments. To get it off the unanswered queue, I will try to answer.

I have a joint paper with an economist. We first wrote up a working paper for an econ conference. Then, after the paper was well-received at the conference, we uploaded it to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Then we submitted it to a journal. They had no issue with the paper previously being on SSRN. However, they were concerned about it being on arXiv, and pointed out their policy against publishing something that has previously been published. When I explained that arXiv is just like SSRN, they dropped their objection. My sense from this experience is that uploading to SSRN before submitting is normal enough to not be a problem. SSRN specifically says their goal is the "rapid dissemination of research."

Note that, if you publish in a double-blind journal, then you might have other prohibitions against uploading the working paper, since it identifies you as the author.

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