GreyNet International, the Grey Literature Network Service is an independent organization founded in 1992, which is dedicated to research, publication, open access, education, and public awareness to grey literature. Grey literature is often defined as "information produced and distributed on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.".
GreyNet is corporate author of the Proceedings issuing from the International Conference Series on Grey Literature, The Grey Journal, An International Journal on Grey Literature, as well as other types of publications such as reports, program books, and newsletters. GreyNet also maintains a Listserv and a presence on a number of social media including LinkedIn, Netvibes, Twitter, and Facebook.
GreyNet is a not for profit organisation fostering the production and dissemination of scientific literature. It is also engaged in the open source movement and was invited to the 10th Libre Software Meeting 2009 in Nantes, France, with a communication on knowledge sharing in the field of grey literature.
During the 11th International Conference on Grey Literature December 2009, GreyNet signed a Partnership Agreement with ICSTI, International Council for Scientific and Technical Information. This newly established partnership lends to GreyNet a multilateral base, elevating it from a bilateral one that it already shares with a number of ICSTI Members. GreyNet seeks to provide ICSTI with an opportunity to further broaden its information activities to the social sciences and humanities.
1993 GL1 Amsterdam, “GL’93, Weinberg Report 2000” hdl:10068/698053
1995 GL2 Washington D.C. ”GL’95, Grey Exploitations in the 21st Century” hdl:10068/698012
1997 GL3 Luxembourg, “GL’97, Perspectives on the Design and Transfer of STI” hdl:10068/697932
1999 GL4 Washington D.C., “GL’99, New Frontiers in Grey Literature” hdl:10068/697891
2003 GL5 Amsterdam, “Grey Matters in the World of Networked Information” hdl:10068/697754
2004 GL6 New York, “Work on Grey in Progress” hdl:10068/697756
2005 GL7 Nancy, France “Open Access to Grey Resources” hdl:10068/697757
2006 GL8 New Orleans, “Harnessing the Power of Grey” hdl:10068/697758
2007 GL9 Antwerp, “Grey Foundations in Information Landscape” hdl:10068/697759
2008 GL10 Amsterdam, “Designing the Grey Grid for Information Society” hdl:10068/697786
2009 GL11 Washington D.C., “The Grey Mosaic: Piecing It All Together”
2010 GL12 Prague, "Transparency in Grey Literature, Grey Tech Approaches to High Tech Issues"
2011 GL13 Washington D.C., "The Grey Circuit, From Social Networking to Wealth Creation", Library of Congress, December 5–6
2012 GL14 Rome, Italy, "Tracking Innovation through Grey Literature", National Research Council, CNR, November 29–30
2013 GL15 Bratislava, Slovak Republic, "The Grey Audit, A Field Assessment in Grey Literature", December 2–3
2014 GL16 Washington D.C. “Grey Literature Lobby, Engines and Requesters for Change”, December 8–9
2015 GL17 Amsterdam, “A New Wave of Textual and Non-Textual Grey Literature”, December 1–2
The Grey Journal, TGJ an International Journal on Grey Literature (ISSN print 1574–1796, ISSN e-print 1574-180X) was launched in 2005. It is the only journal on the topic. It appears three times a year in thematic issues, published in print and electronic formats. Articles from the electronic version at an article level are available via EBSCO’s LISTA-FT Database (EBSCO Publishing). The Grey Journal is indexed by the Scopus scientific database and other Indexing and abstracting services.
The Grey Journal, International Journal on Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2016 Mining Textual and Non-Textual Data Sources
TGJ Volume 12, Number 2, Summer 2016 Convergence and Change in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 11, Number 1, Spring 2015 Raising Awareness to Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 11, Number 2, Summer 2015 Publishing, Licensing, and Open Access
TGJ Volume 11, Number 3, Autumn 2015 Topical and Technical Advances in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2014 Sustaining Good Practices in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2014 Research Communities And Data Sharing
TGJ Volume 10, Number 3, Autumn 2014 Weighing up Public Access to Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 9, Number 1, Spring 2013 Adapting New Technologies for Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 9, Number 2, Summer 2013 Tracking Grey Literature Across Disciplines
TGJ Volume 9, Number 3, Autumn 2013 Improving Grey Literature through Innovation
TGJ Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2012 Social Networking and Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2012 Data Frontiers in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 8, Number 3, Autumn 2012 Managing Change in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 7, Number 1, Spring 2011 Transparency in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 2011 System Approaches to Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 7, Number 3, Autumn 2011 Research and Education in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2010 Government Alliance to Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 6, Number 2, Summer 2010 Shared Strategies for Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 6, Number 3, Autumn 2010 Research on Grey Literature in Europe
TGJ Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2009 Paperless Initiatives for Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 5, Number 2, Summer 2009 Archaeology and Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 2009 Trusted Grey Sources and Resources
TGJ Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2008 Praxis and Theory in Grey Literature
TGJ Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2008 Access to Grey in a Web Environment
TGJ Volume 4, Number 3, Autumn 2008 Making Grey more Visible
TGJ Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2007 Grey Standards in Transition and Use
TGJ Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 2007 Academic and Scholarly Grey
TGJ Volume 3, Number 3, Autumn 2007 Mapping Grey Resources
TGJ Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2006 Grey Matters for OAI
TGJ Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2006 Collections on a Grey Scale
TGJ Volume 2, Number 3, Autumn 2006 Using Grey to Sustain Innovation
TGJ Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2005 Publish Grey or Perish
TGJ Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2005 Repositories – Home2Grey
TGJ Volume 1, Number 3, Autumn 2005 Grey Areas in Education
For the past 20 years, GreyNet has sought to serve researchers and authors in the field of grey literature. To further this end, GreyNet has signed on to the OpenGrey repository and in so doing seeks to preserve and make openly available research results originating in the International Conference Series on Grey Literature. GreyNet together with INIST-CNRS have designed the format for a metadata record, which encompasses standardized PDF attachments of the full-text conference preprints, PowerPoint presentations, abstracts, biographical notes, and post-publication commentaries. GreyNet's collection of over 270 conference preprints is both current and comprehensive. Comment from Peter Suber, Open Access News (Thursday, January 29, 2009): GreyNet started making its conference proceedings OA through its repository in May 2008. I applaud its determination to complete the collection retroactively, even if it means buying permission from a publisher. Note to other conference organizers: This is a reason to self-archive your proceedings as you go, or at least to retain the right to self-archive them without a fee.
GreyNet’s research data is cross-linked to the corresponding conference preprint in OpenGrey via the DANS Data Archive. In this way these results can further serve the international grey literature community, where open access to research data has now become a prerequisite.
In 2007 GreyNet conducted an international survey on grey literature among instructors in LIS higher education. In the same year, GreyNet implemented a distant education course on grey literature at the University of New Orleans. hdl:10068/697878
In 2009, GreyNet began the Annual Summer Workshop Series "GreyWorks", which is now in its 7th year. This series seeks to highlight the state of the art in grey literature by focussing on strategies, benchmarks, good practices, mind maps, and transparency in this field of library and information science.
In 2013, GreyNet began the GreyForum, a Thematic Series of Onsite and Online Seminars and Workshops in the field of Grey Literature. Topics dealt with in this series have dealt with information ethics, information rights, digital preservation, and policy development
The GreyNet Service is powered by TextRelease, an independently owned company based in Amsterdam. TextRelease is GreyNet's program and conference bureau. TextRelease was responsible for GreyNet’s relaunch in 2003. Content compiled and edited within the Grey Literature Network Service is published and marketed via TextRelease. Furthermore, all agreements, contracts, and legal matters pertaining to GreyNet are handled through TextRelease.
TextRelease’s main activities are situated in the domain of grey scientific & technical information. Conference organization, information consultancy, research, publication, as well as education and training in the field of grey literature are among its objectives. In this capacity, TextRelease re-launched the Grey Literature Network Service (GreyNet) in 2003 and is the publishing body for this organization.
TextRelease provides Non-Exclusive Rights Agreements to nearly 300 authors, who have published in its Conference Proceedings and/or International Journal on Grey Literature. It maintains an up-to-date ”WHOIS in the field of Grey Literature”.
The TextRelease website likewise serves as the conference site for the International Conference Series on Grey Literature. This web resource provides direct access to Conference Announcements, Call-for-Papers, Official Programs, Registrations, and other conference related information.