Scientific Peer Review
Peer review is a key example of OST's efforts to institutionalize scientific processes within policymaking.
Scientific peer review is the accepted best practice for evaluating new proposals and papers in order to ensure that they meet the highest standards for accuracy and quality among experts in the field. OST coordinates scientific peer reviews for all the OPC's proposals and products that include scientific or technical components. Peer review is a key example of OST's efforts to institutionalize scientific processes within policymaking. It helps to ensure that decisions are supported by the highest quality science, as well as the efficient allocation and use of public funds towards improved ocean and coastal management.
OST employs an objective, timely and cost-effective peer review process that is modeled after that used by scientific journals. To ensure that we identify the most qualified experts, OST calls upon the OPC Science Advisory Team (OPC-SAT), a multidisciplinary team of scientists, to recommend peer reviewers. By so doing, the OPC-SAT links OST to an extensive and diverse network of accomplished scientists who are able to provide the OPC with the best available scientific advice.
To date, OST has received over 450 recommendations for peer reviewers and advisory committee members, which has resulted in the selection of 100 peer reviewers and 15 advisory committee members.