Are electronic theses and dissertations (still) grey literature in the digital age?‎ A FAIR debate

Are electronic theses and dissertations (still) grey literature in the digital age? A FAIR debate
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۳۶
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۲
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۲۰۸-۲۱۹
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Purpose:
While distribution channels of theses and dissertations have changed significantly in the digital age, they are generally still considered grey literature.‎ This paper aims to argue the applicability of the concept of grey to electronic theses and dissertations ‪(ETDs)‬.‎
Design/methodology/approach:
The paper is presented as a debate between two contradictory opinions on the application of the grey literature concept to ETDs.‎
Findings:
The paper provides a definition of grey literature and then discusses its application to electronic dissertations and theses.‎ In particular, it assesses the aspects of acquisition, quality, access and preservation.‎ Some arguments highlight the “grey nature” of ETDs, such as the limited access via institutional and other repositories.‎ Other arguments (e.g.‎ the development of ETD infrastructures and the quality of ETDs) question this grey approach to ETDs.‎ The paper concludes that “greyness” remains a challenge for ETDs, a problem waiting for solution on the way to open science through the application of the FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability reusability) principles.‎
Research limitations implications:
Library and information science (LIS) professionals and scientists should be careful about using the concept of grey literature.‎ The debate will help academic librarians and LIS researchers to better understand the nature of grey literature and its coverage, here in the field of ETDs.‎
Originality/value:
Some definitions from the print age may not be applicable to the digital age.‎ The contradictory character of the debate helps clarify the similitudes and differences of grey literature and ETDs and highlights the challenge of ETDs, in particular, their accessibility and findability.‎
 

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Joachim, Schopfel, and Behrooz Rasouli.‎ 2017.‎ Are electronic theses and dissertations (still) grey literature in the digital age?‎ A FAIR debate.‎ The Electronic Library ۳۶ (۲): ۲۰۸-۲۱۹.

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