Grey Literature


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Evidence-based medicine A body of publications produced by government, academia, or business and industry, in print and/or electronic forms, which is not published in easily accessible journals and may not appear in databases or through web searches
Examples Conference proceedings, abstracts of the research presented at conferences, unpublished theses, dissertations, government reports, technical reports, standards and specifications, translations, or other types of documentation.
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Green route is where the author can self-archive at the time of submission of the publication (the 'green' route) whether the publication is grey literature (usually internal non-peer-reviewed), a peer-reviewed journal publication, a peer-reviewed conference proceedings paper or a monograph.
After the scandals, some called for grey literature to be banished from IPCC assessments.
All grey literature was screened for selection based first on the range of years between 1990 and 2010, and then on a core set of search terms followed by a set of screening criteria established for this project.
Though there are a number of definitions, the term grey literature is widely applied to conference proceedings, reports, and doctoral theses that are often printed in small numbers and are typically outside the control of commercial publishers.
It is to the authors' credit that this otherwise grey literature is presented in a format that is widely accessible.
Grey literature is of particular interest to the task group, and its inclusion in the repository warrants further investigation.
Complementing this grey literature content, WWWRSW provides links to 1,873 journals and professional newsletters, 90 of which are links to journals or newsletters with full-text articles online.
It was important to search the grey literature because community groups and particularly Aboriginal community health advocates often produce their written work in this realm (McGuiness and Walker 1985).
College librarians are tasked to collect all possible grey literature produced by their respective colleges, including conference proceedings, dissertations, etc.
Health services researchers have always been able to share the results of their studies through the many existing peer-reviewed journals and grey literature outlets.
The documents could be: articles (from a wide range of academic journals including scanned documents from sources that only exist in hard copy format) and book chapters in published literature; articles and book chapters from rare publishers, grey literature such as scientific and technical reports; proceedings; dissertations; Bibra toxicity profiles; ISO, UN-ISO, UNI-EN-ISO documents.