Originally Posted by Professor
Peer Review = regional administrator
(appointed by the Decider)
Peer Review = Competent Scientists (appointed by other scientists)
Thanks, now I understand the problem: I was unclear in my original description. Where I work we have always had two-levels of formal peer review. One is a 'friendly' review by a colleague or two that the author selects but who has no direct connection with the research; the other peer review is anonymous review by 3 scientists not involved with the research, two of whom must be outside of government.
Prior to this new layer of bureaucracy, we still had a political vetting, but it was informational -- allowing politicians to get advanced warning that an unpleasant pill was coming down the tube. It would be terribly naive to assume that there was no political interference in gov science BEFORE this administration. Been there, got the t-shirt. What IS new is that the gov has designated a position within agencies that searches for political implications.
It is not subtle (unlike the previous system), nor is it new.