The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Climate Research (Journal)






A peer-reviewed scientific journal first published in 1990 by the Inter-Research Science Center. It deals with all aspects of the climate's interactions with organisms, ecosystems, and human societies.

Controversy smites it

The magazine was smitten with controversy in 2003 when it published a paper written by Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon, which reviewed 240 previous papers and concluded that:

"Across the world, many records reveal that the 20th century is probably not the warmest or a uniquely extreme climatic period of the last millennium."

Concerns over the way this paper was peer reviewed led to an editorial-staff revolt and the eventual repudiation of the paper by the publisher. Click here to read the accursed paper.

Behind the scenes

Here's a little bit of behind-the-curtain actions to spice things up —Michael E. Mann e-mail message to Phil Jones (et al.) on March 11, 2003:

"This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the "peer-reviewed literature." Obviously, they found a solution to that--take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering "Climate Research" as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board."

Click here to read the full email.

Notes:
1. Click here to read the publishers repudiation of the accursed paper.

2. Click here to read Michael Mann's critique of the benighted paper.

3. Click here to read Chronicles of Education's brief history of the staggering controvery.


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