GL, Publishing, Authorship and Authority

I’ll be interested to see what John has to say about how publishing is changing. Clearly, with Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and even Book 2.0, the changes are coming fast and thick. We’ve seen that a definition of GL is a moving target, and possibly the lines between GL and other forms of publishing, such as they are, will blur to the point that it will not be useful to distinguish. But announcing the demise of the publishing industry as we know it may be premature, as Slawers have noted.

I started this week thinking that one of the main benefits of providing a way to demonstrate the authenticity of legal GL would be to remove one more objection to an open attitude to information sharing in the legal world. But in light of Simon Chester’s post on the lack of innovation in the legal world, and Vincent Gautrais’ note (at comment 5), I’m not so sure.

In any case, it is clear that new information media can create problems for old methods of working. Some of the signposts of authority have been removed, so the problem of evaluation becomes more acute. As ease of access increases, knowing and trusting the source becomes the next requirement. This highlights the value of a repository, especially one that supports a ‘presumption of authenticity.’

Here in my last post I’d like to present a couple of the interesting developments in publishing and related subjects that have caught my eye recently. I’ll follow that with some of the interesting GL materials that I haven’t been able to fit in anywhere else.

Changing Authorship:

The authorship system is broken and may need a radical solution (an older conversation from the medical lit., but interesting)

Authorship gets lost on Web
(about plagiarism)

Changing media:

Institute for the Future of the Book


New Model for Scholarly Publishing

Kate Wittenberg, Beyond Google: What’s Next for Publishing? Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 52, Issue 41, Page B20 (June 16, 2006).

Additional GL stuff:

H. Hall, “You’ll wish it was all over: the bibliographic control of grey literature with reference to print football fanzines’” 10 Serials 189.

John Mackenzie Owen, “The expanding horizon of Grey Literature,” In Proceedings GL3 : Third International Conference on Grey Literature, (1997) (Luxembourg).

James Raven, (ed.). Free Print and Non-Commercial Publishing since 1700 (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2000).

Daniela Luzi, “Trends and Evolution in the development of Grey Lieterature: A Review” (2000)1 International Journal on Grey Literature 106

L.O. Aina, “Grey Literature and Library and Information Studies: A Global Perspective” (2000) International Journal on Grey Literature 179.

Marcus Banks, “Connetions Between Open Access Publishing and Access to Grey Literature” (2004) 92 Journal of the Mediacl Libraries Association 164.

Sara L. Ranger, “Grey Literature in Special Libraries: Access and Use” (2005) 21 Publishing Research Quarterly 53

Ruth Cordes, “Is Grey Literature Ever Used? Using Citation Analysis to Measure the Impact Of GESAMP, an International Marine Scientific Advisory Body” (2003) 28 Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 45.


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