Can I use an unpublished but about to be published soon paper as a reference for a conference paper? Suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

  • about to be published here means already accepted in the conference but not yet published because it gets published few months after the conference..
    – jpara
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 9:58
  • For the conference paper, are we talking about the submission version, or about the camera-ready version? Answers will be different depending on which one you mean. Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 10:28
  • we are talking about camera ready version
    – jpara
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 13:31

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The usual way of handling this situation is to use [in press] in the reference instead of the publication date to indicate that the publication is accepted but not yet available. Usually you should also provide soft copies of the to-be-published articles so that the reviewers can have access to them during the review process.

Note that some journals (there is no conference publishing in my field) will postpone the publication of your article until all in press articles are online/published to make sure the references don't need further editing and are correct and useful on the long haul.

Note: Do not use in press if you only speculate that the cited paper will be accepted, only after a firm notification of acceptance.

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    I doubt any conference will (or can) postpone publication of their proceedings in the described way. Note that the final version of the proceedings is often handed out digitally, or even printed, to participants at the first day of the conference. Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 10:36
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    Some conferences do...i have to submit the camera ready paper after the conference
    – jpara
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 13:28
  • Also the online version is not available after some months...i guess a reviewer wants the online version..
    – jpara
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 13:30
  • @O.R.Mapper I guess journals have a more archival vocation than conference proceedings that aim at disseminating new material quickly.
    – Cape Code
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 16:06
  • @jpara good point, I edited my answer accordingly.
    – Cape Code
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 16:08

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