If you look at the Category Moberg on the right frame, you’ll see discussion of frustration that I had in connection with replication of this article and, in particular, with the Lauritzen series. Yesterday, the following Corrigendum was issued:
The authorship of this Letter is amended to include Stein-Erik Lauritzen. Details of the SàÆàⷹlegrotta Cave record (series 8 ), which should have been accredited to S.-E.L., were not supplied in the paper but are available from the corresponding author (A.M., firstname.lastname@example.org) on request. In addition, the tree-ring-width data from the Indigirka river region (series G) were inadvertently used without the proper permissions: although the series has been discussed in the literature 1, they are unpublished data that have not been made publicly available; they may, however, be obtained through A.M.
1. Sidorova, O. V., Naurzbaev, M. M. Response of Larix cajanderi to climatic changes at the Upper Timberline and in the Indigirka River Valley [in Russian]. Lesovedenie 2, 73—75 (2002).
I’ll write Moberg and see if I can finally get the data in question.
It’s interesting to see how Lauritzen played his hand in this – and maybe this sheds some light on why people are reluctant to archive data. If Lauritzen had simply archived his data in the first place, he would have got a footnote in the original article. Because Moberg had to clean up his supply of data, it appears to me as though Lauritzen had Moberg over a barrel and his price for data access was being added as an author in a Nature publication – coin of the realm in academia. Maybe there’s some other explanation – I hope that there is.
However, this raises another interesting question. There’s been a lot of criticism lately (e.g. in connection with Hwang) about including authors on the masthead of a paper who had nothing to do with the writing of the paper. I suspect that someone can even find some prononucements by Nature on the topic. Here’s a black-and-white example where Lauritzen obviously had nothing to do with the original paper – as evidenced by the fact that the original authors didn’t mention him (and the omission was not accidental.) Nature knew this and still permitted Lauritzen to be added as an author, even though he had nothing to do with the original paper. Does this seem inconsistent to anyone else?
Reference: Anders Moberg, Dmitry M. Sonechkin, Karin Holmgren, Nina M. Datsenko, Wibjörn Karlén and Stein-Erik Lauritzen, 2006. Corrigendum: Highly variable Northern Hemisphere temperatures reconstructed from low- and high-resolution proxy data. Nature 439, 1014(23 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04575