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The Guardian criticises Peer Review – Open Review yields, with the help of bloggers, better discovery of scientific flaws

Eric Worrall writes: The Guardian, a green UK newspaper, has published a fascinating article about the shortcomings of peer review – and praised the growing new model of open review, in which papers are pre-published on the internet, giving anyone an opportunity to comment. Naturally the Guardian author was not talking about global warming, which…

‘Peer review ring’ – busted

From the Washington Post: Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal. Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once. The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and…

A peer reviewed Nuccitelli smackdown

Reply to “Comment on ‘Cosmic-ray-driven reaction and greenhouse effect of halogenated molecules: Culprits for atmospheric ozone depletion and global climate change’ by Dana Nuccitelli et al.” Abstract: In the Comment by Nuccitelli et al. , they make many false and invalid criticisms of the CFC-warming theory in my recent paper, and claim that their anthropogenic…

Climate Craziness of the Week: Peer reviewed paper says it’s OK to manipulate data, exaggerate climate claims

Noble cause corruption gone wild. People tend to think of scientists as being unbiased, in climate science, apparently if you aren’t biased, you aren’t doing useful work. From CFACT: A new peer-reviewed paper published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, titled “Information Manipulation and Climate Agreements”, is openly advocating that global warming proponents engage in mendacious claims in…

Lewandowsky’s Peer Reviewer Makes Things Up

Guest essay by Brandon Schollenberger As most people reading this blog know, a paper by Stephan Lewandowsky, Recursive Fury, was recently retracted. This is a big deal as scientific papers are rarely retracted, and merely being wrong doesn’t cause it to happen. One would instinctively assume that means there was something very problematic with the…

There is only one published peer-reviewed paper that claims to provide scientific forecasts of long-range global mean temperatures

by Kesten C. Green, J. Scott Armstrong, and Willie Soon The human race has prospered by relying on forecasts that the seasons will follow their usual course, while knowing they will sometimes be better or worse. Are things different now? For the fifth time now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims they are. The…

Another Peer-Reviewed Paper Predicting the Cessation of Global Warming Will Last At Least Another Decade

A few days ago, the Georgia Tech press release for Wyatt and Curry (2013) included a quote from Marcia Wyatt, who said the stoppage in global warming “could extend into the 2030s”. (See the WattsUpWithThat post here and Judith Curry’s post here. The paper is here. Also see the SpringerLink-ClimateDynamics webpage.) Now, there’s another paper…

New peer reviewed paper shows only 36% of geoscientists and engineers believe in AGW

From Forbes writer James Taylor: Don’t look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that…

Peer Evil – the rotten business model of modern science

Guest essay by Abzats. The most exciting period in science was, arguably, 1895-1945. It was marked by discoveries that changed the foundations of modern science: X-rays, quantum mechanics, superconductivity, relativity theory and nuclear energy. Then, compare this with the next 50 years in science. Incomparable. Nothing of that scale or impact. Yes, technology has advanced,…

Peer review falls for recycled manuscripts

Margaret writes in tips and notes: More about the failure of peer review— or more precisely its inconsistency in producing reliable assessments of the value of the submitted article http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6577844 Abstract A growing interest in and concern about the adequacy and fairness of modern peer-review practices in publication and funding are apparent across a wide…

Quote of the week – solving the peer review integrity issue

A poll follows. Over at Bishop Hill, he’s listed some quotes from Geoffry Boulton on scientific integrity that I found interesting. He writes (with apologies for posting in full, I couldn’t see any way to excerpt this short article): ============================================================== Geoffrey Boulton is giving a speech to JISC, the goverment body which “inspires UK colleges…

Pielke Jr. appears to get booted from a journal for giving an unfavorable peer review to some shoddy science

UPDATE: Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. leaves this comment: Submitted on 2013/02/21 at 8:28 am Neil Adger sent me a response for posting. You can see it as an update on the original post: http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2013/02/interesting-timing-to-be-removed-from.html He says cock-up, not conspiracy. I say, don’t tell untruths to start with. Have a look and make up your own…

Why the BEST papers failed to pass peer review

Whoa, this is heavy.  Ross McKitrick, who was a peer review referee for the BEST papers with the Journal of Geophysical Research got fed up with Muller’s media blitzing and  tells his story: excerpts: In October 2011, despite the papers not being accepted, Richard Muller launched a major international publicity blitz announcing the results of…

American Meteorological Society disappears withdraws Gergis et al paper on proxy temperature reconstruction after post peer review finds fatal flaws

UPDATE: It appears the paper has been withdrawn and credit acknowledgement given to Steve McIntyre, see below: There was yet another recent “hockey stick” being foisted on the public. Gergis et al. It says: The average reconstructed temperature anomaly in Australasia during A.D. 1238–1267, the warmest 30-year pre-instrumental period, is 0.09°C (±0.19°C) below 1961–1990 levels.…

PEERs rush in: Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Andrew Revkin reports today on the engagement of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund created by Professor Scott Mandia, aka “Supermandia” as he sees himself in the photo below. From Scott Mandia’s blog-he captions this photo at left: The Caped Climate Crusader: Battling the evil forces of global…

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project puts PR before peer review

UPDATE: see this new story BEST: What I agree with and what I disagree with – plus a call for additional transparency to prevent “pal” review ======================================================= Readers may recall this post last week where I complained about being put in a uncomfortable quandary by an author of a new paper. Despite that, I chose to…

Peer review is dead, long live blog review

By Marc Hendrickx writing in ABC’s The Drum In January 2009, Nature splashed its front cover with the results of a new study titled ‘Warming of the Antarctic ice-sheet surface since the 1957 International Geophysical Year’. The article was accompanied by a glowing editorial from Nature and was widely reported on in the media. A…

Quote of the Week – rubbishing peer review

Here I am, minding my own business, looking at my local newspaper, and just reading what is happening locally. Then, out pops this profound quote of the week that is just gobsmacking. The first line of the story starts out like this: CHICO — A graduate student researching local rattlesnakes has something to prove, but…

Peer reviewed paper: 2010 Russian heat wave “mostly natural”

The 2010 Summer Heat Wave of Western Russia Reference Dole, R., Hoerling, M., Perlwitz, J., Eischeid, J., Pegion, P., Zhang, T., Quan, X.-W., Xu, T. and Murray, D. 2011. Was there a basis for anticipating the 2010 Russian heat wave? Geophysical Research Letters 38: 10.1029/2010GL046582. Background The authors write that “the 2010 summer heat wave…

Breaking: A peer reviewed admission that “global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008″ – Dr David Whitehouse on the PNAS paper Kaufmann et al. (2011)

The Kaufmann et al 2011 paper (Note: Michael L. Mann is a co-author, not the same as Michael E. Mann of hockey team fame) was embargoed until 8PM GMT (12PM PDT) today, and we have an advance copy thanks to Dr. Benny Peiser . Here is the PDF file: pnas.201102467 The headline from the abstract:…

New peer reviewed study: Surge in North Atlantic hurricanes due to better detectors, not climate change

Told ya so, here From the American Geophysical Union weekly Journal Highlights: A spate of research has indicated there may be a link between climate change and the prevalence of North Atlantic tropical cyclones. Upon closer inspection, however, researchers have noted that the prominent upswing in tropical cyclone detections beginning in the mid twentieth century…

Bombshell conclusion – new peer reviewed analysis: “worldwide-temperature increase has not produced acceleration of global sea level over the past 100 years”

The paper is currently in press at the Journal of Coastal Research and is provided with open access to the full publication. The results are stunning for their contradiction to AGW theories which suggest global warming would accelerate sea level rise during the last century. “Our first analysis determined the acceleration, a2, for each of…

An opportunity for online peer review

I have been asked to present this for review by readers here, and to solicit critical comments for the purpose of improving the presentation. Moderators please remove any off-topic comments and commenters please stick to the issues of review. – Anthony [...] Now, about the climate science: ‘‘It’s unchallengeable that CO2 traps heat and warms…

Peer Review, Pal Review, and Broccoli

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The recent problems with the publication of the O’Donnell et al. response to the Steig et al. paper on Antarctica have focused attention on continuing problems with the current system of peer review, problems initially highlighted by the CRU emails. In addition to significant questions revealed in this particular case, I’d…

Arsenic and post-haste: another example of the broken peer review process turned “science by press release”

Did “go fever” push NASA to publicly announce science to the MSM that wasn’t well peer reviewed? WUWT readers may recall that I conjectured about the cryptic press release NASA made last week that set the blogosphere afire. See NASA’s extraterrestrial buzz where the press release announced: NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m.…

New peer reviewed paper says “there appear to have been periods of ice free summers in the central Arctic Ocean” in the early Holocene, about 10-11,000 years ago

We all know how much NSIDC’s Dr. Mark Serreze has been touting the idea of the “Arctic death spiral“,  and we’ve had predictions of ice free summers in 2008, 2013, 2015, 2020, 2030, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070, and 2100 to name a few. Other forecasts don’t give specific dates but say things like within 5…

Peer Reviewed Study: CO2 warming effect cut by 65%, climate sensitivity impossible to accurately determine

Estimated CO2 Warming Cut By 65% Submitted by Doug L. Hoffman, Resilient Earth via ICECAP Any competent researcher involved with the science behind climate change will admit that CO2 is far from the only influence on global climate. It has long been known that short-lived greenhouse gases and black-carbon aerosols have contributed to past climate…

New peer reviewed paper refutes claims of blizzards of last winter being driven by “global warming”

Paging Joe Romm: In fact, this record-breaking snowstorm is pretty much precisely what climate science predicts.  Since one typically can’t make a direct association between any individual weather event and global warming, perhaps the best approach is to borrow and modify a term from the scientific literature and call this a “global-warming-type” deluge. From Columbia…

More FOIA fakery – this time in the USA Homeland Security, plus peer reviewed paper on Climategate FOIA issues

In light of these recent ugly FOI revelations uncovered by the Associated Press, it makes the recent FOIA issues paper by our friend Dr. Jennifer Marohasy and the subsequent scathing Washington Times editorial about science and disclosure (see below the Continue reading line) even more relevant. Clearly governments and government sponsored institutions like CRU don’t…