Following up on my post about research publications
, last night a colleague and I finished a paper for submission to a journal. (One of the reasons my posts have been lamer than usual.) We were told we could upload the file to The Berkeley Electronic Press.
My colleague did, and within a few hours we get back a link to our paper converted to .pdf (which I can then download in that form), and a link to follow the paper's status.
Web submission seems to be the way to go. In contrast, I sent a paper to the Journal of Monetary Economics by snail mail a year ago last January, paying $150 for the privilege of having them look at it, and can't get anyone there to reply to my requests to learn its status.
(UPDATED to fix name of journal -- it's JME, not JPE.)