I had been working in public health for about seven years, and was getting itchy feet and so had applied for an Epidemiologist position with the National Health Service in England. I had made it through the first two rounds of interviews and had been shortlisted to interview with the Chief Medical Officer. I couldn’t have been happier with the apparent fit and the opportunity.
During the interview, the Chief Medical Officer explained they were a working and productive government department and many staff had cross appointments with the local university. So far so good. Until he asked what I had published. I cited the many position papers, evaluation reports, outcome measurement documents, and research projects I had produced. But grudgingly, I had to admit that, despite the importance of this research and the subsequent health care decisions that had been made because of the work, only one was accepted for publication within the traditional academic publishing process. The rest fell into the world of grey literature.
Had GreyLit been up and running, I could have sent him a link to all of my uploaded articles where he could have looked at the resulting web analytics and the feedback from the international peer review that the research had generated. Instead, they explained they were going with someone more local.