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So the conference that I am going to present a paper is going to publish a book of abstracts. Is this considered the proceedings of the conference? Or can I still grab my paper and send to a peer reviewed publication?

My field is management / social sciences.

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    Please add the field you are in. In chemistry for example an entry in a book of abstract or proceedings is basically worthless and it's completely normal to publish a much more elaborate version of the topic in a peer reviwed journal. – DSVA May 29 '18 at 9:26
  • Oh I am sorry, my field is management / social sciences. So, if I have an entry in the book of abstracts, it is still ok (there is no conflict) by trying to have it published in a peer reviewed journal? – Surveil May 29 '18 at 9:33
  • In Social Sciences, conference "papers" are more like "talks" and are less like "publications". You'd be mad to do the work of getting a talk together and not publish it elsewhere. No conflict whatsoever, what you propose is the normal pathway. – GrotesqueSI Nov 10 at 6:33
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You can still send it to a peer reviewed publication, and should. Conferences in my field (planning) are often used as a mechanism to obtain feedback on a draft paper. I'm aware of no example where 'conference proceedings' count against re-publication. My whole department submits papers for presentation to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which then creates a compedium of the whole paper, and distributes it by CD. This is not considered publication, and most/many of the papers submitted to TRB are then revamped and published elsewhere. (TRB does cream off a limited number of papers to be published, formally, in the Transportation Research Record).

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If you read the rules of the journals, you will see that there is actually a generally accepted rule. That rule is:

Your submitted journal paper should include at least 25% new material from the conference paper

So, you should not simply republish the same paper, rather you should add something to it.

The logic goes like this: You have a well thought out idea. You write it up and present it at a conference. During the conference, you get a discussion going about your paper and workout some details that you might not have considered originally. Then you go back, add (or clarify) a little bit (25%) and then publish it as a journal article.

This is extremely common in business management.

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Someone from your specific field should confirm this, but in general, submitting to a journal should not be a problem. However, do not use the same title, so that indexing/search issues don't crop up later. Similarly, you may like to modify the abstract a bit so that the two are not identical (which they shouldn't be anyway, the journal paper would typically be an extended/more detailed study).

  • There should be no trouble with exactly the same title and abstract if the poster wants. There are no indexing issues as the paper is not yet published. – GrotesqueSI Nov 10 at 6:32
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Social Scientist here.

Presenting at a Social Sciences conference rarely counts as publishing a paper, and when it does, you'll know, as you'll have gone through peer review at that point. This usually happens after the conference and results in an edited volume (so, a book) or a journal special issue. "Conference proceedings" are rare in Social Sciences.

The conference book of abstracts is NOT the conference proceedings, it is just a guide for people who are attending the conference. Your paper is unpublished and you can submit it for publication wherever you like.

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