16 May '11, 3pm
Wegman Paper Retracted for Plagiarism
Barton commissioned an earlier and similarly problematic report for a Congressional hearing in which he argued that Mann's iconic "hockey stick" climate reconstruction was statistically unsound. Wegman and Said went on to author the CSDA report, using what they called a "network analysis" to argue that Mann and a small group of climate scientists were short-circuiting the publication process by getting friends to peer-review one another's studies. That puts Editor Azen in an awkward position. A friend of Wegmans, who was himself an editor of CSDA, Azen has no record of anyone other than himself reviewing the Wegman/Said paper, and Azen has no particular expertise in the relatively new field of network analysis.