After months of work, I’m pleased to announce that the paper that I have jointly written with several co-authors, including Dr. Roger Pielke Senior (who acted in the capacity as corresponding author) has run the peer review gauntlet and has been accepted.
Expect a full press release this week. I’m holding details until the University of Colorado press office has issued the official press release. As you all know, this project was done entirely by volunteers, with no budget, and there were no grants asked for nor provided.
That is something I am proud of, because it shows what citizen scientists can do that NOAA/NCDC couldn’t or wouldn’t, and taxpayers didn’t have to foot the bill. However, there is one last hurdle….
According to Dr. Pielke’s executive assistant, Dallas Staley, who is handling the submission detail with the journal, we have page charges we have to pay for because unlike many papers, this has several color photographs and plots.
The bill for the print issuance of the paper in the journal is $2247.00, which is something I can’t cover completely myself. See a snip from the charge sheet.
If you are wondering why I blurred the number, it is simply that given what has transpired, with preemptive strikes by NCDC, and the recent BEST ambush before Congress, I’m simply being cautious. We are preparing an SI, and there will be the ability to replicate the work. The data and code will be made available on the surfacestations.org website. We are also preparing a press package.
Dr. Pielke “could” divert some public funds toward paying this printing charge from his other budgets, but in doing so, it would end the ability for us to claim the project was entirely privately financed from inception to publication.
So I’m asking readers for help in this matter. But please do not feel obligated in any way. Anything you can spare will help. If need be I’ll put anything not covered on a credit card, but I hope not to go into debt.
Donations accepted: Here
[UPDATE: Goal reached! Thank you everyone! The support of the WUWT readership is most encouraging.]
Thank you all for your consideration, and I especially want to thank everyone who has done surveys and offered help in the behind the scenes capacity.
Stay tuned for the official announcement this week. There are some things we already know from posts here, and there are some surprises too. I’ll have a complete writeup as will Dr. Pielke on his blog which I’ll carry here as well.