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gray literature

research findings that are not readily available because they have not been published in archival sources. Examples include dissertations, papers presented at meetings, papers either rejected or not submitted for publication, and technical reports. Gray literature contributes to the file-drawer problem in meta-analysis, the situation in which analytic results are biased becuase researchers do not have access to nonsignificant findings that are not easily found. Also called fugitive literature.

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May 26th 2024



adj. responding to, releasing, or otherwise involving catecholamines. For example, a catecholaminergic neuron is one that releases norepinephrine or another catecholamine as a neurotransmitter.