Potential benefits of presenting at a conference include:
exposure of your ideas to a wider audience
opportunity to obtain feedback from peers
meeting potential collaborators
publishing opportunities e.g. you may be invited to contribute a book chapter
Conference papers are the written version of presentations given at these meetings. These may be published in print and/or online conference proceedings.
Not all conference organisers arrange publication of conference papers or proceedings. If you would like to develop your publishing track record check whether your conference paper will be peer reviewed (an indicator of quality) and will be made available by publication (increasing the exposure of your research) before submission.
For more on publishing with impact see the Publishing guide.
When searching for conference papers and proceedings:
Use the terms conference or proceedings in your search, combined with keywords such as organisation name, other words from the conference title or discipline terms e.g.
Search on variations e.g. theme titles, acronyms and full names of conferences/organisations e.g.
conference (jmga OR "jewellers and metalsmiths")
(2010 AND "cultural studies association of australasia") or "scholarly affair"
Conference papers often form the basis for journal articles, so you might find a similarly themed article by a conference paper author.
Recurring conferences: a selection
Conference papers can be a great way to find up to date information, research trends and innovations on a specific topic. Researchers often present their research findings first at conferences.
There is no single search tool that comprehensively lists conference papers and proceedings in visual arts. You may be able to discover references to these (and sometimes the full text as well) via:
|Web search engines e.g. Google||Papers may be available via websites for free or fee, or there may be information about how to obtain them. Unfortunately many conference websites vanish after a few years|
|Library collection discovery tools such as the Catalogue or Trove||Proceedings may available online or in print via Library collections or institutional repositories|
Conference proceedings are indexed by some databases. For example:
Papers may also be published in journals, for example in special issues or supplements.
|Other discovery tools|