I hope not…
Posted by Jeff Id on July 18, 2010
Pat Michaels has a disturbing article in the Wall Street Journal on what is happening in peer review since climategate. He can no longer publish any papers and has had four blocked since November. The article was from the 12th but I didn’t see it until now.
Climate Research and several other journals have stopped accepting anything that substantially challenges the received wisdom on global warming perpetuated by the CRU. I have had four perfectly good manuscripts rejected out of hand since the CRU shenanigans, and I’m hardly the only one. Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama, Huntsville, has noted that it’s becoming nearly impossible to publish anything on global warming that’s nonalarmist in peer-reviewed journals.
Blocking of papers that came to different conclusions from climate journals was one of the central issues of climategate. The conspiracy to block certain views was openly discussed in the emails, of course the ‘review’ panels couldn’t seem to read them, but whatever.
Currently we are awaiting a re-review of Ryan’s Antarctic paper, the first reviews read favorably except for one which came from what appeared to be the original authors being critiqued. It was decided by the editor that we needed to make major changes, which we did where appropriate. At this point we have been waiting for quite a while to see if they will accept it. Everyone put a lot of work into the paper to insure its accuracy and it’s not anti-agw by anything I can see so we’re just quietly hoping it will be accepted.
Reading Pat Michaels and Roy Spencers experiences of late, it doesn’t give a warm fuzzy feeling. It sounds though, like climate science has learned nothing.