Peer Review

The Science We Can Trust on Climate Change

Brett Favaro | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Brett Favaro

The summary of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has been released, and it confirms that climate change is real, dangerous, and caused by us. More than 97% of science papers that take a position on climate change support this conclusion.This unprecedented level of scientific certainty has not stopped legions of pundits from rejecting evidence, questioning scientists' motives and qualifications, and proposing ever-sillier ideas that scientists themselves are part of a vast international green conspiracy. If only that were true.

The Smart Way to Fund Academic Research

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

No reform -- imposed from the top, or emerging from the bottom -- will be successful as long as academics in Canada continue to participate in the failed folly that is the existing research grant system. We need leadership from Canadian academics themselves, and scholars will need to be brave.

The Innovation Gap in Canadian Academic Research

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 02.09.2012 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

At its best, peer review ensures published findings in academic papers are based on scholarship that is meaningful, relevant, and credible. At its worst, peer review is slow, expensive, and nowhere near impartial. The problem is that peer review has been shown to re-institute orthodoxy as new discoveries.

Understanding Research Funding and Folly in Canada

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

Over time, hiring, promotion and tenure committees have favoured grant writers and grantsmanship over other perhaps more creative and innovative scholars who don't toe the line. There are serious consequences when, as in the current system, you invest in projects and not people.