“Why is the blatant failure of peer review of an economics paper in that fields most prestigious journal relevant to us here where we discuss climate? Well for one, we saw failures of peer review such as gate-keeping and favoritism on display in the Climategate episode. Remember this one from Phil Jones at the Climate Research Unit of
East Anglia University?
“I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!””
From the Ed Begley Jr. department:
“If these scientists have done something wrong, it will be found out and their peers will determine it,” insisted Ed. “Don’t get your information from me, folks, or any newscaster. Get it from people with Ph.D. after their names. ‘Peer-reviewed studies is the key words. And if it comes out in peer-reviewed studies . . . “
Professor of Economics George J. Borjas writes on his blog:
I have a few pet peeves. One of them is how “peer review” is perceived by far too many people as the gold standard certification of scientific authority. Any academic who’s been through the peer review process many times (as I have) knows that the process is full of potholes and is sometimes subverted by unethical behavior on the part of editors and reviewers.
The reason I bring this up is because of a brewing scandal in my own discipline, economics. There…
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