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.
This conference paper from VALA conference, 2016 discusses public policy and grey literature use and management and the work of Australian Policy Online in developing its open access document and data digital library.
Published: Dec 2017 Survey data on 155 organisations producing research and information for policy and practice. The survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research is produced and disseminated as grey literature for impact and influence on public interest issues.
The conference paper provides estimates of the economic value of grey literature based on online surveys and valuations and considers the costs and benefits of self-publishing by organisations which provides both a dynamic, flexible and responsive publishing system and one in which link rot, duplication and highly varying standards abound.
Journal article, published January 2018: Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing.
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.
This journal article looks at digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets (also known as grey literature) which is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming to access the research resources they need.