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Grey Literature in the Life of GESAMP, an International Marine Scientific Advisory Body

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dc.contributor.author MacDonald, Bertrum H.
dc.contributor.author Cordes, R. E.
dc.contributor.author Wells, P. G.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-15T22:40:06Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-15T22:40:06Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.issn 1053-8801
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/10238
dc.description Preprint. The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com. The final published version appears in Publishing Research Quarterly 20(1), 25. en
dc.description.abstract GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection), an international marine scientific advisory group sponsored by several UN bodies, has published significant reports on marine pollution and marine environmental protection since it was established in 1969. GESAMP serves as an exceptionally good organization to test for access to and uses of grey literature. Although thoroughly reviewed and refereed, many of GESAMP’s publications fit within the internationally-accepted definition of grey literature. Since grey literature can be difficult to identify and locate, are GESAMP’s publications ever used? Through an analysis of its publications this paper shows that even when an organization relies on grey literature as its primary means of output, the publications can receive extensive use. Nevertheless, problems of identification and access remain, and these are not fully addressed by digital publication. Recommendations for improving access to GESAMP publications are in the paper. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject literature en
dc.subject organizations en
dc.subject publishing en
dc.subject technical communication en
dc.title Grey Literature in the Life of GESAMP, an International Marine Scientific Advisory Body en
dc.type Preprint en
dc.identifier.volume 20
dc.identifier.issue 1
dc.identifier.startpage 25

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