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Conference Proceedings

Accounts of ongoing and recent research are regularly presented as talks or posters at conferences, symposia or meetings. These papers are frequently published as conference proceedings, which offer a convenient way of keeping up-to-date with current research. However, it should be noted that they may not have been subject to the quality control and rigour of peer review, so they may not have the same validity found in an article in a refereed journal. In addition they often appear as summaries or abstracts and in a variety of formats. Some may be published at regular intervals as Transactions or Proceedings.

The Library holds a number of conference proceedings which can be found in the catalogue under the title of the conference. It the Library does not hold the conference proceedings required, they can be requested on inter-library loan.

Conference proceedings are not always published, which can cause problems if they are cited in other works. In this case, the best way to get information about the paper is to contact the author directly or the conference organiser. Material published before the conference, known as preprints, may sometimes be available.

There are a number of search tools to help you to find information on conference proceedings and forthcoming conferences. These can be linked to via AFBI Library Online and include:

  • is a search directory of worldwide conferences, conventions, workshops etc. It includes lists of    forthcoming conferences with links to relevant websites.
  • The British Library's Conference Index provides easy access to a comprehensive collection of conference publications and can be searched as part of British Library Public Catalogue.
  • Conference Alerts sends email updates on academic conferences matching pre-selected subject areas.
  • Web of Science Proceedings is an index to the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology to zoology.   Please log in to Web of Science via the link under the Databases section of this website.