During the literature review for my Master thesis, I have got in touch with many different types of scientific publications, meaning papers, working papers, conference papers, seminar papers and so on.

I have seen many discussion about sub-categories of these main objects but never one being at this higher level of grouping.

Thus, I was wondering which are the main difference among them in order to do some kind of hierarchy of content reliability when I read them. And clearly if there exist other types, please add them so we can build a complete collection.

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    Do you have any reason to believe there is a consistent hierarchy to find at that level? May 6, 2017 at 13:26
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    In which field?
    – JeffE
    May 6, 2017 at 14:55
  • @PatriciaShanahan Computer Science Jun 6, 2017 at 16:52

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There exist a lot of standards for document/publication types. Here are some examples:

As stated here, each database might have its own definition, i.e. there are a lot of standards. Before creating a new one, I'd check if one of the already existing standards fits your requirements.

Note: Please feel free to edit this question to add more standards for document/publication types.

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