the act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like.
the act of bringing before the public; announcement.
the state or fact of being published.
something that is published, especially a periodical.

1350–1400; Middle English publicacioun < Latin pūblicātiōn- (stem of pūblicātiō) a making public, confiscation, equivalent to pūblicāt(us) (past participle of pūblicāre to make public) + -iōn- -ion

nonpublication, noun
propublication, adjective Unabridged
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publication (ˌpʌblɪˈkeɪʃən)
1.  the act or process of publishing a printed work
2.  any printed work offered for sale or distribution
3.  the act or an instance of making information public
4.  libel See slander the act of disseminating defamatory matter, esp by communicating it to a third person
[C14: via Old French from Latin pūblicātiō confiscation of an individual's property, from pūblicāre to seize and assign to public use]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "the act of making publicly known," from O.Fr. publicacion (14c.), from L. publicationem (nom. publicatio) "a making public," n. of action from publicatus, pp. of publicare "make public," from publicus (see public). Meaning "the issuing of a book" is first recorded
1570s; "thing so issued" 1650s.
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Example sentences
Some researchers have proposed that that only names published in peer-reviewed
  publications should be acceptable.
Over the years, other publications picked up the story, helping perpetuate the
  legend about the stone.
The ideal candidate would be broadly trained, have a record of scholarly
  publications, as well as experience with labor movements.
As you can see, you get a graph of your citation metrics, and a
  nicely-formatted list of your publications.
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