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Keeping Your Research Current: Conferences

A guide to tools and services that help you stay up to date with research in your area.

Stay current with conferences

Attending conferences is a popular way of staying current and networking with colleagues.

Conference proceedings are the collected papers which are published following a conference.

Confererence papers contain research that may not have made it into a book or journal yet, so may include the latest developments in a particular field.

Many subject-specific databases index conference proceedings. See 'Finding Conference Proceedings' on this page and check your own specialist subject databases.

Conference directories

Locating papers delivered at conferences can sometimes be difficult, but they can often be the only record of vital new research results. Some useful conference listings include:

  • All Conferences.com A directory focusing on conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits, workshops, events and business meetings.
  • Web of Conferences is an open access platform devoted to scientific, technical and medical conferences.It offers services for the publication and dissemination of conference proceedings.

Finding unpublished conference papers

Many papers and posters presented at conferences are never published.  However, they may be cited by people who attended the conference or gained a copy of the paper from the author or someone else who was there.Sometimes you may find that the author has published the substance of the paper in a later work, so you no longer need the conference paper. However if this doesn't apply, you can:

  • Search to see if a version of the paper is in an institutional repository
  • Contact the author direct to request a copy of the paper

Calls for papers

call for papers (CFP) is used in academic and other contexts for collecting book or journal articles and conference presentations. A CFP usually describes a theme, the occasion for the CFP, and formalities such as the submission process.

Examples of CFP sources include:

PapersInvited presents an exhaustive list of Calls for Papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organisers in all disciplines. PapersInvited is accessible to UWA researchers through the PIVOT Database of Funding Opportunities.

WikiCFP is a wiki for Calls For Papers in Science & Technology fields. There are about 30,000 CFPs on WikiCFP with 100,000 researchers it each month.

Finding conference proceedings

Many subject-specific databases index conference proceedings

  • OCLC PapersFirst: Provides access to individual papers presented at conferences worldwide
  • ProQuest: Includes  'Conference Papers Index'
  • Scopus: Limit by Document Type: conference
  • Web of Sciencescholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and includes the proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops
  • ZETOC provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of journals and conference proceedings 
  • OneSearch: Refine your results to Conference Proceedings under 'Resource Type'
  • British Library has a large repository of international conference proceedings
  • Google Scholar can help you locate individual conference papers or entire proceedings
  • Search the internet: Some proceedings are freely available online. Try searching for the title as a phrase using quotation marks (" "). Many organisations have papers from past conferences on their websites.