Slide Presentation for the SWI-KNVI Working Group African Studies Centre Leiden, Netherlands on 15 November 2016
When asked to discuss ‘grey literature’ with a group of librarians in the social sciences, I chose not to make the assumption that we were all on the same page as to what was understood by the term. My hesitance to presume this was based on recent published articles about grey literature full of outdated content backed by references cited a quarter century ago. Thus, in preparing for the upcoming meeting, I chose instead to preface my presentation on grey literature in the light of ongoing research followed by examples specific to the social sciences.
Peer Review and Grey Literature
Twelfth International Conference on Grey Literature, Prague, 6 December 2010
Peering through the Review Process: Towards Transparency in Grey Literature Dominic J. Farace, GreyNet - Grey Literature Network Service
Now that grey literature is readily catalogued, referenced, cited, and openly accessible to subject based communities as well as net users, the claims that grey literature is unpublished or non-published have sufficiently been put to rest. However, now that grey literature has met these former challenges and entered mainstream publishing, it requires in the spirit of science to have a system in place for the quality control of its content. This new challenge has recently been spurred by the IPCC affaire involving the use/misuse of grey literature and is now almost a daily topic in the world media. The purpose of this study will be to explore the degree to which grey literature is reviewed and to compare similarities and differences with formal peer review carried out in various degrees by commercial publishers. This study will further distinguish the review process implemented by grey publishers from that of mavericks and vanity press, where personal opinion and pure speculation run rampant. This study looks at the body of literature on peer review and its relatedness to grey literature. Key concepts and elements in peer review form the framework for a comparative analysis, and these are examined in light of guidelines on peer review submitted by publishers. In addition, alternative models for peer review found during the course of study are compared for their relevance to grey literature.
Seminar on Grey Literature in Brno, Czech Republic on October 22, 2009
Grey Publishing: An Example of Stretch Management and Knowledge Sharing GreyNet has adapted to and capitalized on technological innovation as well as policy driven change on the information landscape, namely open access. What makes GreyNet different from other information network services is its low tech approach to high tech issues. In this presentation, GreyNet provides an example of stretch management and knowledge sharing, where grey publishing is an engine for change.
10th Libre Software Meeting in Nantes, France on July 10, 2009
Stretch Management and Knowledge Sharing: An Example of Grey Publishing In 1997, the definition of grey literature often referred to as the ‘Luxembourg Convention’ took a sharp turn – emphasizing for the first time the supply side of grey literature i.e. its production and publication both in print and electronic formats. This break from the previous quarter century, which narrowly focused on the demand side and the problems of bibliographic control, indexing, cataloging and retrieval finally placed grey literature in its fuller perspective. The other key term that requires definition is “stretch management”. A term that came out of industry in the 1990’s referring to extraordinary goals not only higher than the previous year, but goals that are sustainable.
Digital Libraries - Strategies, Technologies, Knowledge in Jasná, Slovakia on March 16, 2009
Can you think of a Digital Library without Grey Literature? You may be more familiar with the term Digital Library than with Grey Literature? If this is the case, then by focusing first on grey literature, we will arrive at a clearer understanding of its place in digital libraries. In the second part of this presentation I will discuss the case of the OpenSIGLE Repository. When I searched GreyNet’s Collection of Conference Papers over the past five years for the term “Digital Libraries”, 34 full-text records appeared. The information and results from that pool of research has greatly enabled me to speak to you here today.
Meeting on Grey Literature, Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 22, 2009
On the Future of Grey Literature for Libraries and Librarians The further rise of electronic publishing has come to change the scale and diversity of grey literature facing librarians and other information professionals. With the emergence of new types of grey literature documents and the newfound awareness of organizations producing these documents that they too perform a publisher’s role - even though their primary activity is not publishing – grey literature has entered a new ‘level playing field’ on the information landscape.
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