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Scientific Societies Issue Statement on Peer Review in Public Policy Process

On Thursday, 15 July 2004, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and twelve other scientific societies issued a statement on scientific peer review. Developed by the Ecological Society of America, an AIBS member organization, the statement will help federal and congressional policymakers assess the quality of policy proposals that would use scientific peer review as a tool to ensure that management and regulatory decisions are based on high quality scientific information. The statement of principles is timely as federal decision makers are considering peer review provisions in a range of policy proposals on issues such as endangered species conservation, climate change, natural resources management, biosecurity and public health. Scientists may use the statement as the basis for their communication with decision makers seeking additional information about the scientific peer review process.

In recent months, AIBS has also submitted comments on scientific peer review to the White House Office of Management and Budget and to the National Academies of Science.

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