An Australian bioinformatics job ad talks about writing "scientific reports" in the selection criteria.

Wikipedia has an article on Technical reports, which it says are also called scientific reports, but that definition, of basically grey literature, doesn't seem plausible.

Does it have any other meanings, such as a hypernym of scientific papers, conference talks, and conference posters?

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I would construe "scientific report" here to encompass all forms of scientific publication and communication, including peer-reviewed papers as well as possibly internal technical reports. Remember that a technical report is just something that hasn't gone through peer review.

The exception would be if this were for a corporate position, where publication may be more difficult. In such cases, one would expect "grey literature" to be the primary "publication" mode.

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