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We currently have two separate tags for and . As far as I can tell, they're identical; both discuss research articles. I propose to merge them, but just in case I'm missing some nuance, I wanted to bring it up here first.

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  • From what I saw in the current questions, I agree that they are similar, and could be merged. – user102 Jan 25 '13 at 23:46
  • Similarly: I found that the writing and scientific-writing tags are used interchangeably… I suggest we make them synonyms… if you agree, please go vote on that suggestion. – F'x Jan 28 '13 at 22:34
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    @F'x - Please post those as a separate post, and if no one objects, we can merge them manually. Mods have tools to set up tag aliases without requiring four votes (although you probably know that already :D ) – eykanal Jan 29 '13 at 1:07
  • @eykanal yeah, but I wanted to see if the community could gather enough votes for it… guess I'm not gonna hold my breath, though – F'x Jan 29 '13 at 9:42
  • @F'x - In a community this small, I doubt it. Even on the main SO site it can take months to get enough votes to set up a tag alias on some of the more obscure tags. It's just not something people look for. – eykanal Jan 29 '13 at 13:39
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I imagine that publications is broader than paper: a book chapter is a publication, it's not a paper. Probably, so is a popular science contribution (I've never heard those referred as “papers”, more like “pop sci articles”). Now, whether that difference is used in practice, I cannot say.

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    I can't say I've ever noticed people using the two tags differently. – eykanal Jan 27 '13 at 2:08
  • A book is also a publication, not a paper. – Joel Reyes Noche Feb 25 '13 at 14:37
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I agree. I recommend that they be merged. They are 99% overlapping, and in practice seem to be used more or less interchangeable.

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