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Project Summary

Project 2007-280-00 - Columbia River Basin Journal
Project Number:
2007-280-00
Title:
Columbia River Basin Journal
Summary:
The Columbia River Basin Journal will be an on-line journal devoted to the timely dissemination of current research information related to Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife mitigation and recovery.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Intermountain Communications (Private)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
Regional Coordination
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 33.4%   Resident: 33.3%   Wildlife: 33.3%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-280-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-280-00 - Columbia River Basin Journal
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-280-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-280-00 - Columbia River Basin Journal
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
This is a well-written proposal that addresses a need identified by the ISRP and the Council for a Columbia River Basin Journal (CRBJ) to enable communication, peer-review and timely publication of research results and research-related information. The CRBJ would provide an excellent venue for publishing results of Columbia Basin projects that are normally limited to agency reports or reports to funding entities. Peer-reviewed journal publication offers the potential to increase both the dissemination of research results and the quality of those results. Another benefit of this journal is that it will be open access, so it will reach a broader audience than a fee-based subscription journal. The proposal clearly describes the need for this journal.

In addition to ISRP and Council recommendations, the proposal also relates the rationale for the CRBJ to enhancing the integration and scientific credibility of Columbia Basin restoration approaches and information, as identified by the Fish and Wildlife Program and by federal agencies in various forms. The proposal also makes the reasonable case that coordinated presentation of scientific information by a neutral broker will contribute to the learning process that is the basis for adaptive management. The electronic form will allow much more access by people throughout the region to scientific literature, information, and discussions.

The CRBJ will complement other projects by serving as a clearinghouse for information and a communication link among projects. It will also be linked to the Columbia Basin Bulletin (CBB) through joint publishing. The connection to the CBB is a strength of this proposal, because the CBB has a proven track record in building information infrastructure in the Basin, maintaining a network of extensive contacts, and knowledge of Columbia Basin issues. However the proposal would be enhanced by a brief description of other scientific journals and environmental media in the Pacific Northwest and the extent to which they could fill the role of the proposed CRBJ.

The objective for this project is to create an on-line journal devoted to the timely dissemination of current research related to Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife preservation and restoration. The metrics for this objective would be quality and quantity of papers published, readership, and citation by other scientists. Methods pertain to the four functions of the journal: peer-reviewed papers, research updates and reports, research news summaries, and moderated discussions. A thorough discussion is presented of each of these functions. The discussion covers the essential elements of each, providing a clear indication that the sponsors are aware of the key issues regarding neutrality, timeliness, and scientific integrity, and have developed procedures to address them.

While acknowledging the thorough consideration of journal functions given in the proposal, the ISRP recommends that the sponsors give more thought to the review process. One issue to consider is that the timing of reviews as stated in the proposal is atypically fast. Turnaround time for reviews is typically slow because a limited number of experienced peer reviewers face an increasing number of review requests and typically conduct reviews during free time. One mechanism some journals use to shorten turnaround time is to provide an honorarium to reviewers. Volunteer reviews are slower, and simply having on-line review processes doesn't necessarily make the peer review process faster. A second review issue is the use of a double blind peer review. The CRBJ might want to have open identity of the reviewers, or optional identity (depending on potential conflicts). This should help keep the review comments and process constructive.

Evaluation of the success of the scientific part of the CRBJ could be done by a journal impact analysis, which is now a routine part of bibliographic search engines such as ISI (ex Current Contents). The proponent should consider this monitoring procedure.

A final issue for the sponsors to consider is whether the budget is adequate to provide an effective product. They might discuss budget issues with Alaska Department of Fish and Game and others who have on-line journals to compare cost estimates.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-280-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-280-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: No Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: No other entity known to be authorized/required to fund.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-280-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-280-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: None