Re: Why Publish bird observations? Re: afo

To: "Robert Inglis" <>
Subject: Re: Why Publish bird observations? Re: afo
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 21:26:41 +1000
Grey literature is material that is not officially peer reviewed. It includes material such as reports published by organisations such as the ACF and WWF.

The term has had recent exposure in the media - one of the IPCC reports discussing the impacts of climate change has been criticised for using it.

Regards, Laurie

On 04/03/2010, at 8:06 PM, Robert Inglis wrote:


Perhaps the 'grey' in 'Grey Nomads' and 'Grey Army' refers to the colour of the hair of the participants, or maybe it is their complexions (as a member of that age group I feel I can ask that question). On that score does the 'grey' in 'grey literature' refer to the colour of the publication? Introducing 'red' into the discussion is interesting. Is there such a thing as 'red literature'? Don't bother answering that, Chris. I think this thread has gone far enough and I think that if you and others have not seen my point by now you and they never will. BTW, I was not saying you personally devalued publications such as Wingspan: I have no idea on that score. I was simply questioning your labeling of such publications as "grey literature". I was wondering if you had ever considered how such a label would be perceived outside the world of academia. Your response has provided me with the answer so I am content. One of your comments does intrigue me, though: does Wingspan ever pay for articles and or photos?
Perhaps you should not answer that either.
I agree that it is better to be technically correct rather than politically correct. But, then again, it might even be better to be just plain correct.

Don't worry Russell, I won't add to this discussion.


Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

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