Willis Eschenbach asked the editor of Climate Dynamics to require the authors of Wilson et al 2007 to archive their data. The editor wrote back that, since the authors had provided the latitude and longitude of the samples, this was sufficient information to permit another laboratory to replicate their results and that it was not the responsibility of journals to ensure that data was archived.
The manuscript “Cycles and shifts: 1,300 years of multi-decadal temperature variability in the Gulf of Alaska”, by Rob Wilson, Greg Wiles, Rosanne D’Arrigo, Chris Zweck contains a table providing the location of the dendrochronological series, so that any laboratory can go to the place and duplicate the work.
Archiving raw data is a normal process and should follow accepted practices, but this is not the responsibility of journal editors.
Climate Dynamics will be a terrific journal for Lonnie Thompson to publish in. He can always say: I’ve provided the latitude and longitude of the Dunde ice core. If you want to verify our statistics, go drill your own f- ing ice core.
It’s interesting that Duplessy’s position as a journal editor is that ensuring that data is archived is not the “responsibility of journal editors”. When I asked Susan Solomon about archiving at a CCSP Workshop, she gave the lame excuse that IPCC did not make authors archive data because that would be “interfering with journals”. Here are my contemporary notes:
I asked Susan Solomon why IPCC did not require authors to archive data and methods. (I have had previous correspondence with her on this topic, which I’ll discuss some time, as it’s rather amusing.) She said that that would be interfering with journals, as “I well knew”. Later, I asked Margaret Leinen of NSF the same question. Leinen said that NSF did require authors to publish in peer-reviewed journals. I pointed out that this was not responsive to my question. She said that I should pay attention to the NSF website as there might be forthcoming changes.