Be part of a landmark citizen science paper on consensus

UPDATE: we have reached our goal of raising $1,600 to pay the publication fee. Many thanks to all the donors who made it possible to publish our consensus research as an open-access paper. Citizen science in action!

Over the past year volunteers here at Skeptical Science have been quietly engaged in a landmark citizen science project. We have completed the most comprehensive analysis of peer-reviewed climate science papers ever done. Some 21 years worth of climate papers – more than 12,000 in all – have been carefully ranked by their level of endorsement of human-caused global warming. We also invited thousands of the authors of these papers to rate their own papers.

Earlier this year, we submitted our paper, Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, to the high-impact journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL). This week, the paper was approved by the journal. One of the reasons we submitted our paper to ERL was that the journal is open-access. Their articles are freely available to the public with no pay walls, which was very important to us. However, there is also a US$1,600 publication fee.

In keeping with the citizen science spirit of the project, we're crowd sourcing the funding of the paper's publication. So we're asking Skeptical Science readers to be part of our project by helping us raise the $1,600 to publish our paper measuring the level of consensus in the peer-reviewed literature, in a high impact journal that is free to the public.

UPDATE: we have reached our $1,600 goal. Many thanks to all donors. I will be publishing a blog post providing more details soon.

If you would like to be part of this citizen science effort, click here to donate via Paypal. You can donate with your Paypal account or if you don't have a Paypal account, with your credit card. Any amount, great or small, is important and appreciated.

We will announce when we reach the $1,600 mark. On that blog post, we will also acknowledge those who donated so please indicate in the Paypal instruction window whether you'd like to be acknowledged or prefer to remain anonymous.

UPDATE: many thanks to all our donors - within a few hours, we are already over halfway to our goal. I will announce here when we reach $1,600. To answer jsam's question, yes, indicate in the Special Instructions whether you'd like to be publicly acknowledged. But it's not essential - I will email all donors to confirm whether you'd like to be acknowledged anyway.

Posted by John Cook on Thursday, 25 April, 2013

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