Grey literature

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Subject: Grey literature
From: "Troy Mutton" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:34:21 +1100
Hi folks,

I've had a couple of "what's this ERA/HERDC point stuff" so here is a brief 
entry for the lay-person.

ERA is Excellence in Research in Australia - basically money given by the 
Australian Research Council to research bodies/faculties and schools who have 
authors who publish in ERA journals (so peer-reviewed titles) and HERDC is the 
Higher Education Research Data Collection - similar. HERDC used to be called 
DEST, which was something similar (I can't remember what DEST stands for).

Essentially - schools and faculties at universities and other research bodies 
would be wanting their academics and researchers to publish in ERA and HERDC 
registered journals to ensure funding. These journals are peer-reviewed and 
have a high impact factor (which is basically the amount of times that articles 
published in those titles get cited in other articles). There is nothing wrong 
with publishing in a non peer reviewed journal, but there's not any extra 
funding from the government for that. There are some journals that are NOT 
peer-reviewed although they have high impact factors, but they aren't eligible 
for ERA/HERDC points as they aren't peer reviewed. I can't recall and can't be 
bothered checking which one it is, but it's a fairly well known sciencey title 
that you all know if you don't occasionally read.

So ERA and HERDC points are given to journals that are scored more highly 
(based on impact factors etc) and therefore earn more money for the author and 
their schools.

I might have missed something, but it's been a long day. I didn't want to get 
involved in this whole academics v birders thread, but  had to back up a fellow 
library person. If you've got any questions, check out the ARC website for more 
information than most people would want to read on it.

Anyway - has anyone seen any birds lately? I had a Koel in the backyard 
yesterday. Latest one I can recall having here in Sydney.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Troy Mutton
Sent: Monday, 8 March 2010 1:23 PM
Subject: Grey literature

And as a librarian at an academic institution, Helen's definition of
grey literature is how we understand and teach it. I've not come across
an article not being peer-reviewed as being grey lit. - it's just not
peer-reviewed and not of any use for ERA or HERDC points.

It's the next wild frontier - how to search for grey literature. Some
disciplines do it well - ie: physics, while (many) others don't.


On 08/03/2010, at 10:32 PM, Susan Knowles wrote:

As a library student I was taught Helen's definition of grey literature.
The other may be more common as an academic definition.

Susan Knowles

On 07/03/2010, at 9:17 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

Can anyone shed any light on the difference between these two
definitions of "grey literature"? It seems Helen's definition below
(unpublished and unsearchable) is the most common, but Chris's (not
peer-reviewed) seems fairly common on the net too.

Peter Shute

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