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The purpose of this page is to clarify the different possibilities of access to the range of documents from the 1960s to the 2020s. The clarification is required because different tools have been developed over that period (in which the original documents were produced in different formats). The tools indicated below are variously complete in their coverage or not. Some continue to be reconciled, notably as PDF versions are made available. Different facilitiaties are subject to differing delays in their completion and reconciliation, as noted below.
Complete coverage: This is provided in PHP/HTML format for the following periods (number of documents in parentheses):
2020+ (70+) | 2010-19 (370+) | 2000-09 (550+) | 1990-99 (580+) | 1980-89 (400+) | 1970-79 (210+) | 1962-69 (40+) | ALL years
These offer direct access to the documents. New documents are immediately included in the relevant checklist. The checklists do not include the bibliographical details presented in the documents indicated in the earlier research reports (as noted below). Where variants exist in PDF format, a link to that document may be appended to items in the checklist. Although coverage is "complete", a few earlier documents may only exist in PDF or PPT formats.
Selective coverage (PDF format): Documents in the above series also indicate a separate source of documents (700+) in PDF format -- where these exist. These take the following form:
New documents prepared in PHP/HTML format tend to be quickly converted into PDF format for inclusion in third party PDF access facilities
Some older documents available in PDF format may be in image format (namely not searchable), especially those for which PHP/HTML versions have not (yet) been provided. Access to PDF originals many also be provided where these have images and tables presented more conveniently than in the PHP/HTML format (even when the latter have been converted back into PDF format).
Also available is a listing of a number of Documents by Associates in PDF Format. These provide access to various documents produced by named associates/collaborators and scanned into PDF format (with digitisation where possible).
Collections of PDF documents: Some of the PDF documents listed are in fact collections of documents
The details of their contents (and the 150+ individual PDF documents of which they are composed (as well as any PHP equivalents) are best accessed through the separate page Collections of Documents in PDF Format. In such cases (marked (Collection]), links to the equivalent document there are provided below. Accessing specific sections within a document collection may be preferable given the size of some collections. (NB: Documents continue to be added to these pages as scanning is completed]. Further work on such collections is considered to be of very low priority
Third party PDF access: Many of the more substantive PDF documents are also listed on the for-profit social networking sites for research papers, notably the Europe-based ResearchGate and the US-based Academia.edu. However more are accessible through the former because of constraints in uploading older papers to the latter. For new documents, uplaiding to these facilities is treated as a relatively high priority, as noted above.
Access to some documents (based on distinctive criteria) may be variously provided by Google Scholar, Scribd, Semantic Scholar, Mendeley, and others (List of academic databases and search engines). Many documents may be accessible via the Wayback Machine. The delays in recognition of documents by these facilities is unclear.
Slide presentations (PPT format): A small number of documents (10+) are available in PPT format: Documents in PPT Format (all years).
Some may also be converted to PDF format.
Early research reports and notes: These cover documents for the period from the 1960s to 1995 -- providing full bibliographic information for reports and studies -- details which are not available in the above lists:
1960-1964 (6+) | 1965-1969 (18+) | 1970-1974 (86+) | 1975-1979 (93+) | 1980-1984 (46+) | 1985-1989 (20+) | 1990-1995 (87+)
These notably provide details on the many documents published in the journal International Associations / Associations Internationales (1954-1985; ISSN: 0772-392X), later named Transnational Associations / Associations Transnationales (1986-2005; ISSN: 0250-4928 / 1018-967X / 0257-9367). The documents from that journal are gradually being transformed into electronic form and are then available in any of the above. In those earlier checklists, where a PDF exists for the original version, it is indicated at the end of those details. Where a PDF exists for the converted PHP version, this is indicated following the title.
Access is also separately provided to:
Content management database: The set of documents is periodically scanned and segmented into a Drupal database -- Kairos. When available (given the delays in this process), this offers a more systematic access by title, section title, keyword and cited references (and authors). Individividual documents in the PHP/HTML version accessible above provide direct links (immediately below the title) to the introductory portion of any document in that database (in each case follow the link: Alternative view of segmented documents via Kairos).
The database of several thousand records includes:
Search facilities: There are several possibilities:
Thematic organizations by topic/subject: The variety of topics in the documents on this site -- and the interdisciplinary focus of many of them -- has frustrated the development of a simple thematic organization. Several approaches have been explored, although none are complete:
Although none are complete, each does offer a good sense of the range of topics on this site -- especially in the light of the consistency between the clusters. The thrird party ResearchGate facility requires a clustering of documents from this site into one or more "projects" -- 12 are defined there.
Visualization, images, tables: The documents on this site contain many images and tables, as well as experimental visualization and animations. Many are accessible via third party search engines. The Kairos database offers a specific search facility for these. The number and varity of documents on this site has encouraged experiments in eliciting an overview, as described separately:
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