2012-03-04 15:52:03Tracking down missing abstracts
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

Am tracking down missing abstracts - this page has a partial abstract but would like the full thing. To do that, I need the full paper but my library access doesn't get me the full PDF. Can anyone else access this paper?

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cen-v074n034.p033

2012-03-04 16:34:47Ditto for this paper
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cen-v070n006.p026

Doesn't quite show the full abstract and full paper is inaccessible.

2012-03-04 16:45:55
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey
yooper49855@hotmail...
97.83.150.37

You can always contact her via her LinkedIn Profile:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bette-hileman/12/634/393

2012-03-05 08:43:18
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
67.142.177.21

Chemical and Eng News is only available online back to 1998. Their annoying assertion that you don't have the credentials to access these is a diversion, I have credentials and can't get them either. I get "Earliest archived issue is August 10, 1998."

I can dig these up on paper and scan them for you on Monday (that's tomorrow for me!). My library claims to have both.

These are news articles, not peer reviewed.

2012-03-05 12:15:46no abstract
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
109.150.152.138

no abstract, not in the missing abstracts list -

Global Warming - A Climate Of Uncertainty

2012-03-05 12:48:32
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

Yeah, that's a problem. In Phase 1, Jim put some descriptive text in some of the abstracts (even text like "no abstract") which is now proving tricky as we need to flag those papers without abstracts.

Note to all - if you do encounter a paper in your rating that has an abstract that is merely "no abstract" or similar text, flag it here and I'll delete the abstract so it goes into the "no abstracts" list.

2012-03-05 15:15:50
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

Thanks Sarah.

What we will end up doing is removing opinion articles from our final analysis so if there papers are not peer-reviewed, they won't go into the final analysis. But my desire for closure means would be nice to get the full abstract anyway.

2012-03-05 15:46:57
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
67.142.177.24

logicman's citation is a comment in Nature- no abstract exists:

Global warming. A climate of uncertainty.

Langenberg H, Aldhous P.

Nature. 2000 Dec 21-28;408(6815):896-7. No abstract available.

PMID: 11140648 [PubMed]
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This one is probably in the database, also a comment with no abstract (but I can classify it wthout seeing an abstract :-).

Nature. 2001 Jan 18;409(6818):281.
Difficulty in reconciling global-warming data.

2012-03-05 16:40:10Opinion/viewpoints (aka non-peer reviewed articles)
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

There are various crowd-sourcing aspects to TCP beyond the rating. Eg - missing abstracts, deciding which papers are non-peer-reviewed, emails, ruling out duplicate authors. My original plan was to get one component out of the way before moving onto the next one. Eg - get these abstracts all sorted. But do we need to be thinking about categorising opinion papers now?

2012-03-06 07:18:14
Riccardo

riccardoreitano@tiscali...
2.33.129.107

It's not a missing abstract but a missing reference:

Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2002, pp. 128–131. Translated from Geomagnetizm i Aeronomiya, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2002, pp. 135–138.

The Effect Of Solar Activity On Carbon Dioxide Concentration In The Lower Atmosphere

In the last few years, the carbon dioxide content has been increasing from year to year, possibly due to human activity, and could be an artificial source of global warming. Evidence of a statistically reliable effect of solar activity on the variations in the CO2 content in the lower atmosphere has been presented, and the global increase in CO2, depending on the GCR flux and solar activity, is explained.

 

The full paper is here. By the way, I never heard this myth before. Not even a myth, not even wrong.

2012-03-06 08:59:55Holy crap, is that paper saying what I think it's saying?
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.222.175.176

The sun is causing the increase in CO2 levels? Just when I thought I'd heard every myth under the sun. That idea is so wacky, I doubt even denier blogs would post it (well, no, we know that's not true) but this made it to peer-review? Extraordinary!

I did a radio interview a few weeks back where they asked what was the craziest myth I'd heard and I said it was the one that said the rise in CO2 levels was caused by CO2 being blown from Mars by solar winds. The myth "sun is causing CO2 levels" is not quite that crazy but it's up there in the top 5, surely!

2012-03-06 17:28:04
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
194.251.119.197

In my blog there was once a commenter who claimed that IPCC has forged the CO2 records. I was quite happy to point out pre-IPCC papers on the subject to him.

2012-03-06 21:03:53
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
194.251.119.197

I added the "abstract" to Baum (1999, Wintertime reflections on global warming), but the paper seems to be more a news article than a scientific study.

2012-03-07 09:39:23
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
141.219.48.137

Reading the paper from Riccardo's abstract suggests that it's mainly a case of really bad writing coupled with application of statistical correlations without a plausable physical basis. It does state near the end:

The general increase in the CO2 concentration in the period above is largely due to anthropogenic factors. 

But, really I can't make heads or tails of it.

Anyhow, he looked at Austrailian sunspots, so they are undoubtably upsidedown and thus the correlation should be reversed.

2012-03-07 10:36:52
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

Well, we've got the 'no abstracts' down to 70 which is not too shabby out of 12,272 papers (and starting with over 200 papers without abstracts). I'm guessing a number of those will be opinion/news/commentary rather than peer-reviewed papers.

2012-03-07 10:54:55
Andy S

skucea@telus...
209.121.15.232

What I have also noted is that some abstracts are incomplete, often stopping in mid-sentence.

Also, some "abstracts" are really introductory paragraphs rather than, as they should be, terse summaries of the study, including results and conclusions. That can be frustrating, since they have to then be awarded a "neutral", even when it's obvious where they are headed.

2012-03-07 11:00:20
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
141.219.48.137

incomplete abstract:

Physical And Chemical Limnology Of 34 Ultra-oligotrophic Lakes And Ponds Near Wynniatt Bay, Victoria Island, Arctic Canada

2012-03-11 02:15:20Abstract and email found
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
86.184.204.224

Eco-conservation And Healthcare Ethics: A Call To Action

I tracked down an html copy of the paper.  Edited to use the introduction, as no 'official' abstract exists.

Author Robin Cotton
robin.cotton@cchmc.org

2012-03-11 03:09:42
Ari Jokimäki

arijmaki@yahoo...
91.154.109.19

If paper has no abstract, then it just has to be rejected from the sample.

2012-03-13 13:21:14
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
67.142.177.20

missing abs:

Tropical Cyclones: Meteorological Aspects

2012-03-13 19:40:21
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
86.184.204.224

Missing abstract:

Global Warming

2012-03-13 19:59:22
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

Have added abstracts for Tropical Cyclones and the Mike Hulme paper. Fortunately my library access grants me access to the full PDFs for these particular papers.

2012-03-14 14:21:12
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
67.142.177.23

missing and not available abstract:

Who Knows Where The Clouds Go - The Question Is Crucial To The Forecast Of Global Warming

2012-03-15 23:03:31
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
86.184.204.224

Missing abstract - needs to be extracted from (subscription) full article.

Biogeochemistry Of Phenolic Compounds In Peatlands: Implications For The Responses Of Carbon Cycling In Peatlands To Global Climate Change

2012-03-16 11:49:00
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
130.102.158.12

If you see a paper with the abstract text "no abstract text available", please go and edit that paper, delete that damn text so it's blank. We need "no abstract" papers to be blank so then they appear in our 'no abstracts' list. 

I've just done that with the two papers highlighted by Sarah and logicman

2012-03-16 14:21:26
Sarah
Sarah Green
sarah@inlandsea...
67.142.177.22

John,

can you search the comment fields? I put "NO abstract" in the ones that came up that way.

I'll edit them from now on to blank out the abstract field.

2012-03-16 14:39:14
Andy S

skucea@telus...
209.121.15.232

I've done the same things as Sarah and logicman. I found quite a few articles with incomplete or skimpy abstracts and I also made remarks in the comment field about that. I'll delete the bad ones from now on.

I note from the list of no-abstract papers on the other thread that many of these papers come from news magazine type publication, like Geotimes (now called "Earth"), New Scientist and  Scientific American. Although all of these publications are edited, they are not peer reviewed. Also, there are some "journals" like the Oil and Gas Journal, which are not academic journals but trade journals where the articles often don't have abstracts, are usually not properly peer-reviewed and the quality of the articles can range from the dreadful to the respectable. You may want to exclude these papers from the study.

2012-03-16 14:52:04
Andy S

skucea@telus...
209.121.15.232

http://www.skepticalscience.com/tcp.php?Action=Edit_Paper&a=3609 has the authors wrong (they are not Spencer and Christie) but I can't edit that. I have included a link and a comment.

2012-03-18 18:25:06
MarkR
Mark Richardson
m.t.richardson2@gmail...
193.167.135.17

Defusing The Global Warming Time Bomb

Opinion; probably not peer-reviewed

 

 

Seems to be a <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=defusing-the-global-warmi">Hansen piece in SciAm</a>.

2012-03-18 19:03:20
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
121.222.175.176

As far as I was aware, SciAm is not a peer-reviewed journal, right?

Although what's it doing in the ISI database in that case?

2012-03-21 08:03:44
MarkR
Mark Richardson
m.t.richardson2@gmail...
193.167.135.17

SciAm used to be a proper journal ages ago iirc.

 

Also, <a href="http://ppg.sagepub.com/content/22/3/398">this</a> has an abstract that just reads 'Progress Report'.

2012-03-22 00:59:22
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
86.186.78.109

No abstract

Global Warming - Firms Seek Technology Subsidies

2012-03-23 04:55:44
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
86.186.78.109

no abstract

Execs Discuss Global Warming With Turner, Wirth

 

Article is here -

http://www.ogj.com/articles/print/volume-105/issue-7/general-interest/execs-discuss-global-warming-with-turner-wirth.html