A little progress on this front since my last post on this issue.
I received a pleasant note from Glenn McGregor acknowledging the changes to my note, in which he said that he would ask the publisher of IJC, the Royal Meteorological Society, to provide a statement of their data archiving policy. Given that the policy is set by the Royal Meteorological Society, rather than the editor, our issue is really with the Royal Meteorological Society.
Bishop Hill (and a couple of others) wrote to the Royal Meteorological Society about their lack of policy and it is now on the agenda of their next meeting. He reports the following answer:
Thanks for your note. I’ve had a couple of emails relating to this discussion and the position currently is as Prof McGregor mentioned. As I have mentioned to others who have emailed in, I’m very happy to consider the requirement for a clear policy statement and as such I have put this on the agenda for the next meeting of the Society’s Scientific Publishing Committee, at which all the Editors of the Society’s journals are members.
It seems odd that they have no policy, but they don’t. So let’s hope that they develop one. For what it’s worth, Climatic Change instituted a data policy as a result of my acting as a reviewer.
In early 2004, in my capacity as a reviewer, I asked for supporting data and code. Schneider said that, in 28 years of the journal, no reviewer had ever made such a request. Needless to say, that didn’t impress me as a reason not to make the request. He said that it would require a decision of their editorial board, so I asked him to obtain such a decision. They then agreed on data but not code. I then asked for supporting data under the new policy, which the authors (MBH) refused to provide and the manuscript disappeared from sight (in the mean-time, they made a check-kiting citation to it in Jones and Mann 2004, so that accomplished what they wanted.) It’s such a stupid game.
However, the exercise was not entirely pointless. I asked for data from Thompson and this resulted in the scraps of information on Dunde, Dasuopu and Guliya now available digitally.
A few more letters to the Royal Meteorological Society wouldn’t hurt. And give a little support to Bishop Hill as well.