The Grey Literature Strategies project was an Australian Research Council funded Linkage research project running from 2012 to 2015. The project has now concluded with the final report and data delivered to partners along with other publications and data.
Thank you to all the partners, survey respondents and interviewees who contributed to the project. Research in related areas of informal publishing, research communication and public policy are continuing with various members of the research team.
The Australian National Data Service has announced that it will extend their Datacite DOI minting service to grey literature. This blog post was published on Australian Policy Online and is republished here.
In November last year the Grey Literature Strategies project published a short discussion paper called Where is the evidence? Realising the value of grey literature for public policy and practice that provides a snapshot of our research to date and has a number of suggestions and recommendations. The feedback so far has been very positive and many people are using the paper to consider their approach to grey literature. We are still keen to hear people's views - either positive, negative or anywhere in between - and would appreciate any written comments that are made via the communication mechanism of your choice.
You can comment via the form below (no registration required), or on the Policy Online page or tweet us @greylitstrategy or @amandaslawrence or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or phone and have chat 03 9214 8792 or organise a meeting or write your ideas down at drop them at the suggestion box at 400 Burwood Rd Hawthorn, Australia...
While we will be working on these issues for a while yet but feedback by 20 March 2015 will be the most helpful.
The Pisa Delcaration on Grey Literature was developed at a forum held in Pisa, Italy in May 2014 and has now been made public with a call for signatories to show their support. Read the full text here or click here to sign the declaration.
We recently received a lovely email from Jess Tyndall, Medical Librarian at Flinder's University with a report on the adoption of her appraisal checklist for evaluating grey literature - AACODS - by major health organisations in the UK. Congratulations to Jess on her influential work and the joy of serendipity, conversation and connections.
The Australian Research Council draft guidelines for the 2015 round of the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) include new options for submitting 'Research Reports for an External Body'. This is an encouraging step towards recognizing and rewarding the production of alternative forms of publication such as reports for government, NGOs and business. Forms that often have the greatest impact for policy and practice.
Does your organisation PRODUCE or COLLECT policy reports and papers? We need to hear from you today!
The Grey Literature Strategies Research Project's surveys of producers and collectors is closing this Friday 8 November. This is a unique chance to contribute to our understanding of how research and information for public policy is produced and collected.
Where is the evidence conference 2013: Recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice: One day conference this Monday 11 November at the State Library of Victoria.
Hear from international experts, ARC representatives, scholars in media, economics, sociology, health, criminology and information management. Preview the first results from national surveys of producers, users and collectors. Network with colleagues across government, academia and NGO sectors and discuss the issues and strategies.
Thanks to the many people who entered the competition to win one of two free passes to Where is the evidence 2013: Recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice. It was great to have so many enthusiastic entries.
We have two lucky winners, both from the health area. Congratulations to Elida Meadows, Policy & Research Officer at the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and to Melissa Raven, Research Fellow at the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS) in Adelaide.
Mellissa said she is keen to attend because she is "interested in the use of grey literature in policy advocacy and policy making, with a particular focus on critical appraisal of the rigor of grey literature, an issue that is often overlooked in discussions about evidence-based practice and policy."
Unfortunately Frances Brown from the federal Attorney-General's Department was not able to take up her free pass: "I am disappointed that I will miss the conference this year – I have been both a producer and user of grey literature over many years and I think it is a huge asset to policymakers, commentators and academics."