The definition of the technical report may vary from one institution to another. Here is the one chosen by the Polytechnique Montréal Library:
The technical report is a specialized, clear and structured written presentation which presents observations, data and facts collected during an experiment, a scientific investigation or a technical project.
Of variable length and flexible form, this document is aimed at a specialized readership generally coming from industrial, academic and government circles.
Considered gray literature, the technical report is generally not published by a commercial publisher and is not subject to peer review. It is often published informally by the organization that commissioned the report and / or the organization to which the author is affiliated.
The Library has been publishing technical reports in electronic format only since 2004. These reports are made available through PolyPublie, Polytechnique Montréal's instutitionnal repository.
Authors are asked to provide a brief abstract of their report to make retrieval easier.
Publication delays vary from one to eight weeks after all report components are received.
You can retrieve all reports from Sofia, the discovery tool of Québec's academic libraries, whether they are published in electronic or paper format, by author, title, collection (i.e., EPM-RT), and subject. See the guide Resources by Document Type - Technical Reports for more details.
The Library takes care of the legal deposit of all reports with Library and Archives Canada.
The Library refers any reproduction requests received from readers to the authors of the reports in question.
The Library takes care of archiving the electronic copies of reports. It also preserves at least one (1) copy of all technical reports published on paper before 2004 in its collection.
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