You’d think a German would go out of his way to be tolerant of a differing opinion.
The e-mail is below.
date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 09:35:18 +0200
from: firstname.lastname@example.org (Wolfgang Cramer)
subject: Climate Research
to: M.Hulme@uea.ac.uk (Mike Hulme)
let me ask you a short, not very deeply reflected question (although I
have thought about it for about six months): Do you still think Climate
Research is a journal you and I (at different levels) should have our names
on? I was extremely frustrated when they recently decided to publish one
of Pat Michaels’, in my mind, rather useless political sermons, against my
strong advice as a reviewer – and now I just received the latest issue with
a similar piece by this Vincent Gray. And I think these ones are not the
I am really asking for your advice here, but my present feeling is that one
– either leave the journal (including perhaps making a public statement
about it – or I might, at least, write a more substantial letter to ALL the
editors, while here I am just contacting you),
– or initiate a serious discussion among editors and editorial advisors on
the question as to what constitutes a scientific contribution to the literature.
Presently, I am almost always frustrated when I get these issues in my
Cheers (more about the data issue later) – I enjoyed the meeting
yesterday, including your style of running it.