Steve McIntyre comments on Wegman’s work and Deep Climate’s recent dissing of the Said et al paper. It seems there’s a clique of too close for comfort relationships that may have tainted peer review:
Lost in the recent controversy over Said et al 2008 is that the Climategate documents provided conclusive evidence of the hypothesis originally advanced in the Wegman Report about paleoclimate peer review – that reviewers in the Mann “clique” had been “reviewing other members of the same clique”.
I won’t attempt to analyze the plagiarism issues today (I will return to this on another occasion), other than to say that some recent literature on the topic attempts to distinguish between degrees of plagiarism e.g. Bouville, Clarke and Loui.
In addition, contrary to recent false claims by USA Today, Said et al 2008 was not “a federally funded study that condemned scientific support for global warming”. It does not mention global warming nor even climate. Nor is Said et al 2008 a “cornerstone” of criticisms of either Mann or IPCC as Joe Romm falsely claimed. For example, it has never been referred to or discussed at Climate Audit even in comments. (Nor at any other climate blog, to my knowledge.)
…”The Wegman Report was vindicated on its hypothesis about peer-review within the Mann ‘clique’.
‘The Wegman Report hypothesized, but were unable to prove, that reviewers in the Mann ‘clique’ had been ‘reviewing other members of the same clique’. Climategate provided the missing evidence, Climategate documents showed that clique member Phil Jones had reviewed papers by other members of the clique, including some of the articles most in controversy – confirming what the Wegman Report had only hypothesized”
An important distinction to keep in mind is that while the Said et al paper has bee retracted (temporarily we hope) this in no way affects the Wegman report to Congress or its conclusions (i.e. it would not automatically cause a retraction of the Congressional report, which operates under a different scenario of rules and public record).