I'm writing a thesis for the master degree.

I'm going to include one of my conference paper in my thesis and I understand that it is common and acceptable for school regulations to include already published papers of my own work in my thesis.

But there is one problem. The defense of my thesis will be held in mid-April and this thesis will be submitted by the end of April.

But a paper I'm going to include in the thesis has been accepted by a conference and will be published sometime in June.

So, how can I cite my conference paper in the process of publication in my thesis?

  • Have you asked your advisor/supervisor?
    – Thomas
    Mar 26, 2019 at 4:39
  • @Thomas It's spring break of my school, so I asked here first. Mar 26, 2019 at 4:43
  • Ask your supervisor, even though it is a spring break they will normally check email etc and reply - but probably slower than normal...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 26, 2019 at 10:04

3 Answers 3


How can I cite a conference paper that has been accepted but not published?

Cite the paper as if it were published (albeit without page numbers, etc.) and add to appear at the end of the citation.


1) Check with your supervisor.

2) G. Lee & A. Supervisor (2019) "Awesome Conference Paper", in Very Good Conference Proceedings, accepted.

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    I think "to appear" is more common than "accepted"
    – Thomas
    Mar 26, 2019 at 4:55
  • I'll accept that. Published conference proceedings aren't really a thing in my field.
    – masher
    Mar 26, 2019 at 4:57
  • @Thomas: I agree that is more common, but I once had to go throuh an unpleasant situation due to (active research) faculty members not knowing what it meant. Mar 26, 2019 at 12:31

The way I know it, you'd do:

G. Lee & A. Supervisor (t.a.) "Awesome Conference Paper", to appear in Very Good Conference Proceedings.

(Shamelessly stealing all the words from masher's answer.)

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