Help make our coverage bias paper free and open-access

Earlier in the year, Skeptical Science ran an appeal to fund the publication of the Cook et al Consensus Project paper. The required funds were raised in less than a day, a powerful example of citizen-science in action. Our new paper 'Coverage bias in the HadCRUT4 temperature record' is somewhat different from the consensus paper: it is not a Skeptical Science project, and the primary audience are the users and providers of global surface temperature data. Nonetheless the results of the paper are also of significant relevance to the public discourse on climate change.

Our aim has always been to get the best possible information into the hands of the public. To this end we have already made all the data and methods available. However to best enable others to investigate this area, to build on, improve, correct and if necessary refute our work, we would ideally like to provide free, open access to the paper as well.

As a spare time project neither Robert nor myself have academic funds which can be legitimately contributed to making this paper open access. In the light of your generosity last time, we would like to ask you to help crowd-fund making our paper open-access and freely available to the general public.

The publication costs are as follows:

Open access $2400-$3000
depending on RMS membership conditions
Printing charges £0-700
depending on colour and layout

If we reach the first goal, the paper will be made open access. Donations will continue to be accepted to offset the remaining publication costs, which we will otherwise bear out of own pockets. If the final goal is reached we will remove the donation button and the excess will be set aside to fund publication costs of future papers.

Thank you again for all the varied contributions that you make to the dissemination of climate information and for providing engaging discussion and feedback on issues related to climate science.

Kevin Cowtan and Robert Way


Posted by Kevin C on Thursday, 14 November, 2013

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