Document supply and open access: an international survey on grey literature

Chérifa Boukacem‐Zeghmouri (Department of Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Lille 3, Lille, France)
Joachim Schöpfel (E‐publishing and Document Supply Department, INIST‐CNRS, Vandoeuvre‐lès‐Nancy, France and Lecturer on Scientific Information at the University of Nancy, Nancy, France)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Publication date: 1 July 2006



This article seeks to investigate the impact of the open archive initiative on the document supply of grey literature.


The article is based on a comparative survey of five major institutions: The British Library (UK), CISTI (Canada), INIST‐CNRS (France), KISTI (South Korea) and TIB Hannover (Germany).


All major document suppliers are more or less deeply involved in the open archive movement, and this involvement has an obvious impact on the policy of acquisition, archiving and supply of grey literature (dissertations, reports, conferences, etc.).


Even if the impact of increased access to digital resources on document supply is relatively well documented, little is known about the specific effect on grey literature, especially in the OA environment. This study provides some evidence concerning this effect.



Boukacem‐Zeghmouri, C. and Schöpfel, J. (2006), "Document supply and open access: an international survey on grey literature", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 96-104.

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