The Global Warming Policy Foundation has moved to a new process of open peer review of its major publications.
GWPF publications are sometimes the subject of assertive or careless criticism. However, we believe that readers want to be able to explore different perspectives on contentious issues. To support this end, we want the materials we publish to be of high quality, and the process through which they are developed to be transparent.
Previously, we have relied upon our Academic Advisory Council to ensure quality while also inviting dissenting reviews from, for example, the Royal Society and the Met Office. However, we have decided to introduce a system of online review.
Broadly, this process involves posting the draft text of a planned publication on our website and inviting comments from external experts, our academic advisers and interested members of the public. Because some scientists are reluctant to publicly engage with us for fear that they will face hostility from campaigners and some of their peers if they do, reviewers can request anonymity, but we will need to know the identity of those who submit comments.
Submitted comments will be subject to a moderation process and will be published, provided they are substantive and not abusive.
This open review process is intended to enhance the educational experience for all readers, allowing points to be made and considered in context and observing the standards required for an informed and informative debate.
Final responsibility for publication rests with the Chairman of the Trustees and the GWPF Director. But in every case, the views expressed are those of the author. The GWPF has never had any corporate or collective position beyond that dictated by its educational objectives.