There are a couple of papers to be presented at a upcoming conference that I will not be able to attend but that I am very interested in. It is my understanding that they will not be published after the conference. The field is History.

Is there an etiquette about how I could go about getting a copy of the papers or is it even appropriate for me to look for them? Should I contact the conference organisers or the authors?

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    This may depend on the field, and what the presenter intends to do with the results afterwards. I would definitely contact the presenter. (The conference organizers are far too busy with other stuff to do anything, even if they wanted to.) However, be prepared to be ignored. Commented Nov 20, 2015 at 17:44
  • Honest question: Why would someone present in a conference with no proceedings or work not being further published?
    – o4tlulz
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 23:45

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If the conference publishes a conference proceedings volume than you can buy a copy or get it through your library. You might also request copies directly from the authors.

Other conferences don't publish conference proceedings and there may be no paper corresponding to a particular conference presentation. You can contact the authors but don't be surprised if they tell you there is no paper.

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