Working Paper: what is it? Where to find it?

A working paper or discussion paper is a “work in progress”, a paper you are still working on. It is a preliminary, nearly finished, unpublished version of your research project that is not yet ready to be presented at a conference nor to get published in a journal. You have some hypothesis and/or research question, you know your methods and have some primary results which can give you an idea about what to expect when the work is finished. You write down these findings in the form of a paper where the work is still ongoing. It is used primarily for exchanging ideas about a topic or to get feedback from a selected readership, before submitting it to a peer reviewed conference or academic journal.

It may be submitted to a conference as a POSTER or a WORK IN PROGRESS PAPER.

Working papers are often the basis for related works, and may in themselves be cited by peer-review papers. They may be considered as grey literature.


Where to find examples @UGent?

At UGent, Working Papers can be found in the Academic Bibliography.

The sub mentioned UGent Faculties collect them also here:

  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Law and Criminology (FLI)
  • Political and social sciences (CIMSMenarg)

Source reference

Universiteit Groningen, Universiteit Utrecht, ResearchGate

Last modified Sept. 8, 2020, 11:21 a.m.