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Grey literature: a growing need for good practice

Issue: 39(3) August 2013. Essays Pages 65 – 68

Paola De Castro
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome (Italy); [email protected]

Sandra Salinetti
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome (Italy)


Before the internet, grey literature addressed specific audiences and had limited circulation; it was
produced mainly in-house with varying editorial standards.
Today grey literature is increasingly available online and new responsibilities arise for its authors and issuing organizations.
The challenges of a wider dissemination of grey literature are outlined; in particular, grey literature authors and issuing organizations should become aware of basic editorial standards and guidelines, including both technical and ethical issues.


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