I am looking for a term that stands for all kinds of academic venues, such as workshops or conferences, or other institutions or opportunities to which you can submit papers for review.

An exemplary sentence is:

These contributions have been submitted to different scientific [workshops, conferences, journals, ...].

Is there a suitable term for that? I have the annoying feeling that one is sitting on the tip of my tongue.

I assume the term "scientific venues" excludes journals and is limited to workshops or conferences or other occasions where people meet in person.

  • Could you say "venues and publications"?
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 17:26
  • Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately not, I think. You cannot submit something to a publication. You get a publication by submitting it somewhere and getting it accepted there.
    – joergl
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 17:46
  • I guess I was thinking of definition #2 here: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publication : a book, magazine, etc., that has been printed and made available to the public
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 17:47
  • I see your point :) However, I think even def. #2 doesn't fit. An article I submit to a journal is a publication in the sense of def. #2. Also a book I write on my own is my publication. But what if I submit a book chapter to a book that is edited by someone else? Talking of a publication (book chapter) submitted to a publication (book), doesn't sound good to me. This is more complicated than I thought...
    – joergl
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 18:09
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    Well in scientific "slang" the article in a journal definitly is a publication. Just search for "list of publications" and you will find many web pages of scientists listing articles or book chapters as publications. I would sum that up as follows: "publication" fits in general, but is odd in the very special and narrow case I have here (academia / computer science).
    – joergl
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 18:55

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Joergl, I would disagree with the consensus here and concur with your friend as it concerns using "venues" to summarize "events and publications".

My main objection would be that although the word '"venue" would be an appropriate synonym for both events and publications according to a dictionary, the use of "venue" in general usage is so restricted that 'scientific venues' could lead to confusion. The point of writing, even when summarizing an idea, is for clarity.

May I suggest "scientific forums"?

  • Thanks, "scientific forums" sounds like a good idea :) I will use the term for now. A few more people are going to read the text, so I'll see if someone objects.
    – joergl
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 7:56
  • Two more people (non-native speakers, alas) have read the text by now. No one objected to the term, so it is fine by me. Thanks a lot!
    – joergl
    Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 11:28

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