No longer are publishers the primary conduit through which content must pass before it is disseminated to the world. This is a radically new paradigm and despite our best efforts, libraries (and many other related institutions) have not been able to keep pace with the impact this shift has had on collection development and long term access.
The Grey Literature Strategies project made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy which received 270+ submissions in response to the Issues Paper released in August 2012.
Research reports, or grey literature as they are also known, are an essential part of many disciplines including public policy. While access to these reports has become easier in many respects, online publishing presents many challenges as well, particularly for collecting organisations.
Grey literature (or gray literature) has become a commonly used term amongst particular disciplines such as health, archaeology and library and information sciences. This background information gives an overview of grey literature and some of the keys issues that the Grey Literature Strategies project is interested in looking at.