Scholars and researchers frequently get together to present their latest research findings. The meeting is usually called a conference or a symposium.
Scholars submit papers, in advance, and are selected to present their papers to their colleagues at the meeting. These papers are often collected and published after the meeting in a work called Proceedings.
These papers can be very useful for your own research on a topic, because they show the latest research in the subject.
Sometimes the Proceedings are published in a scholarly journal; sometimes they are published in a separate work.
Here is a citation for the introduction to a set of Proceedings:
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