During the 2nd International Conference on S.R. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1994) de Rosa launched a very ambitious research programme aimed at carrying out a meta-theoretical analysis of the whole scientific literature on Social Representations, a leading theory of contemporary social psychology open to contributions of other social science, such as sociology, communication studies, anthropology, organisational psychology, etc.
The research programme started with a pilot study carried out with the support of two undergraduates and has been developed step by step with the number of Journals being considered increasing each time. The research is currently done with the support of a trans-national, multi-language co-operative team of both young researchers as part of their European/International Joint doctoral training on Social Representations and Communication and of an Italian team of students engaged in Inter-University exchange programmes, working on the meta-theoretical analysis in several European University libraries, as their Master Thesis in Psychology of Attitudes and Social Representations (University of Rome "Sapienza"). Each member of the research team is defined "analyser". The contribution of each analyser will enable a complete, fully-researched bibliography for social representations and communication to be mapped out.
A research co-ordinator fully dedicated to the project and the programme director of the European/International Joint PhD in S.R. & C. act for the double quality control.
This on-line integrated database is articulated in two different inventories:
- The first database contains a fully bibliographical inventory of the literature (journal and conference papers, books, special issues) on Social Representations and communication and its related paradigm. This full bibliographical inventory includes information limited to the classic bibliographic details (authors, year of publication, title, journal, volume, issue, journal pages, book editor, book title, book pages, location, publisher, congress, congress location, manuscript, University report, keywords, abstract, author's Institution).
- The second database contains a meta-analysed inventory of the literature on Social Representations analysed according to the grid developed by A.S. de Rosa (1994) as described above. Its main aim is to develop the "meta-thoretical analysis" of the whole corpus of the specialised field (both theoretical and empirical literature).