Technical reports are today a major source of scientific and technical information. They are prepared for internal or wider distribution of our partners, most of which lack the extensive editing and experience of commercial publishers.
Technical reports are often prepared for our sponsors of research projects. Another case where a technical report may be produced is when more information is produced for an academic paper than is acceptable or feasible to publish in a peer-reviewed publication; examples of this include in-depth experimental details, additional results, or the architecture of a computer model. Technical reports are considered “non-archival” publications, and so are free to be published elsewhere in peer-reviewed venues with or without modification.