Monday, January 16, 2012

Email 3061, July 1999, Neil Leary, IPCC WG II: Use of non-peer reviewed sources: "Basically,your expertise substitutes for the peer review process for material that has not been peer reviewed."

Email 3061

subject: Non-peer reviewed sources

Dear Authors,

This note is to provide you with guidance on the use of sources in IPCC reports that have not been published in a peer reviewed journal, or other format that has been peer reviewed.

Use of such materials is permitted, but there are some requirements that must be complied with if you do. These requirements are part of the IPCC's approved procedures. Examples of non-peer reviewed materials that might be used include in-press or submitted journal articles; articles published in industry or trade journals; proceedings of workshops; reports and working papers of research institutions, private firms, government agencies, and non-government organizations; contractor reports prepared for government agencies, firms, industry groups , and other non-governmental organizations; and books that have not been peer reviewed. ...Basically,your expertise substitutes for the peer review process for material that has not been peer reviewed. ...In the references section of your chapter, these sources must be identified as "not peer reviewed."

Flashback: Which part of “totally transparent” don’t you understand?

In 2009 a journalist asked Pachauri whether the IPCC’s next report would consider the findings of a discussion paper issued by India’s environment ministry that questioned the idea that Himalayan glaciers are endangered by climate change. Pachauri’s response was arrogantly dismissive. The “IPCC studies only peer-review science,” he said. “Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication… otherwise we can just throw it into the dustbin.”

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