First foray against Renowden’s latest polemic. There’ll be more.
Hot Topic keeps its hands grubby with another poisonous piece of writing. In Danger Dedekind! Heartbreak Ahead (still wrong, still digging, NZ still warming fast) Gareth Renowden first attacks Chris de Freitas:
Given de Freitas’ track record, it is unsurprising that I queried the peer review process at Environmental Modelling and Assessment.
No, it IS surprising, since it’s a completely different journal and Chris is not the editor.
Renowden is referring to the new paper A Reanalysis of Long-Term Surface Air Temperature Trends in New Zealand, which he is trying by fair means and foul to criticise, demean and destroy.
But, in the ‘track record’ Renowden fabricates, Chris was an editor, while in publishing this seminal paper, he was an author. The author requests publication, while the editor allows it.
The author cannot demand publication. That would be like a half-back demanding that his coach keep him on the team. How does Renowden think he managed it?
Of course, Prof de Freitas didn’t manage anything of the kind, and now Renowden’s just dug himself an even deeper hole with the editors of the journal.
In Renowden’s other-worldly existence, papers disagreeing with his pet theories could never achieve publication on merit alone, because they’re obviously wrong.
He perhaps genuinely believes that the authors he complains about could not have actually merited publication of their papers, nor that a capable and honest editor might hold opinions that differ from his.