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The impact of alternative presses on scientific communication

Irwin Weintraub (Irwin Weintraub is Life Sciences Specialist at Brooklyn College Library of the City University of New York. He holds a PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. He has had a long career as a science librarian in academic and special libraries in the United States and abroad. His e‐mail address is

International Journal on Grey Literature

ISSN: 1466-6189

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Most grey literature tends to support the disciplines it serves and does not usually raise issues regarding social, political, or ethical considerations. The “other” grey literature, publications issued by alternative presses, attempts to inform readers about aspects of a particular scientific endeavor that may have social ramifications. In the electronic age, the World Wide Web has played a major role in making scientific information accessible to a wide audience more rapidly and efficiently. This democratic approach to information dissemination in science is changing the way science is perceived and implemented in our daily lives. Alternative presses in both electronic and print formats will continue to play a role in shaping the science research and public policy agendas well into the future. This article explores the role of alternative presses and its impact on scientific communication.



Weintraub, I. (2000), "The impact of alternative presses on scientific communication", International Journal on Grey Literature, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 54-59.




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