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A conference proceeding is the published record of a conference, congress, symposium, or other meeting sponsored by a society or association, usually but not necessarily including abstracts or reports of papers presented by the participants. When the entire text of the papers presented is included, the result is called transactions.
The term is also used in the titles of journals published by long-established scholarly societies, for example, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), and also for the records of certain courts of law (see The Proceedings of the Old Bailey).
Synonyms for Conference Proceedings:
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Abbreviations: conf., symp., congr., proc., etc.
1) Engage with Leading Edge Research
Conference proceeding are a way to engage with leading edge research prior to official journal publication. They may include: findings, innovations, best practices, or new methodology (especially in science & engineering).
2) Informally Present Research
Conference proceedings allow researcher to explain their research in a less formal setting than peer reviewed journals.
3) Present New Ideas
Conference proceeding allow researchers to present new concepts and techniques in a field which are not fully developed. This allows other researchers to be involved and influence the direction of research at the early stages.
If you are new to a field of research conference proceedings can help connect you with research, researchers, research teams or institutions doing research on topic of interest.
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