The SNP administration will propose at a meeting of Holyrood's Parliamentary Bureau on Tuesday that a statement on the referendum be made on Thursday.
This would include First Minister Alex Salmond telling MSPs the planned date in autumn 2014 of when the referendum will be held. It has already been confirmed that the question to be put to voters will be: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
Nicola Sturgeon said: "Next week the First Minister intends to inform Parliament of the date of Scotland's referendum.
"In autumn 2014 we will have the historic opportunity to ensure that decisions about Scotland are taken by the people who care most about Scotland – those who live here."