Climate Research (journal)

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Climate Research  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Clim. Res.
Discipline Climatology
Language English
Edited by Mikhail Semenov, Nils Stenseth
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency 9 issues/year
ISSN 0936-577X (print)
1616-1572 (web)
OCLC no. 22630859

Climate Research is a small peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Inter-Research Science Center that was established in 1990. Its founder and long time publisher was marine biologist Otto Kinne.[1] Outside the climate research community, the journal is mostly known for its 2003 publication of a controversial and now discredited climate change article.

Three volumes, each typically containing half a dozen articles, are published each year. Each of its 12 editors therefore handles an average of less than 2 articles a year. Climate Research covers all aspects of the interactions of climate with organisms, ecosystems, and human societies. In 2006, a special issue of the journal, titled "Advances in Applying Climate Prediction to Agriculture", was published under open access.[2][3]

Soon and Baliunas controversy[edit]

In 2003, a controversial paper written by Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas was published in the journal after being accepted by editor Chris de Freitas.[4][5] The article reviewed 240 previous papers and concluded that "Across the world, many records reveal that the 20th century is probably not the warmest or a uniquely extreme climatic period of the last millennium".[5] Many of the scientists cited in the paper denied this conclusion and protested that their data and results had been misrepresented.[6] In response to the handling by the journal publisher of the controversy over the paper's publication, several scientists, including newly appointed editor-in-chief Hans von Storch, resigned from the journal's editorial board.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Inter Research » Journals » CR » Information". Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Climate Prediction and Agriculture (CLIMAG)". Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "CR - Vol. 33, No. 1 - Table of contents". December 21, 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Some Like It Hot". Mother Jones. May–June 2005. Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b Soon, Willie; Sallie Baliunas (January 2003). "Proxy climatic and environmental changes of the past 1000 years" (PDF). Climate Research. Inter-Research Science Center. 23: 89–110. doi:10.3354/cr023089. 
  6. ^ Hoggan, James; Littlemore, Richard (2009). Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. Greystone Books. pp. 104–5. ISBN 978-1-55365-485-8. 
  7. ^ Monastersky, Richard (September 2003). "Storm Brews Over Global Warming" (PDF). The Chronicle of Higher Education. 50 (2): A16. 
  8. ^ Kinne, Otto (August 2003). "Climate Research: an article unleashed worldwide storms" (PDF). Climate Research. Inter-Research Science Center. 24: 197–198. doi:10.3354/cr024197. 

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