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reports containing data, for example, on health and disease in a population, which are otherwise unpublished or have limited distribution. Examples include local health department reports and master's and doctoral dissertations lodged in university libraries.
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Examples Conference proceedings, abstracts of the research presented at conferences, unpublished theses, dissertations, government reports, technical reports, standards and specifications, translations, or other types of documentation.
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gray literatureScience communication A popular term for a report or manuscript circulated or published by unconventional routes; GL may not receive the attention accorded communications submitted to peer-reviewed journals or other forums. See Throwaway journal. Cf Peer-reviewed journal.
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gray lit·er·a·ture(grā lit'ĕr-ă-chŭr)
Reports and other documents that are unpublished or have limited distribution, such as local health department reports, conference proceedings, and academic theses and dissertations; limited indexing, inaccessibility, and questionable authenticity (or validity) all diminish the usefulness of such materials.
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