NRPM Peer Review Standards

All reports that are published in the NRPM report series must undergo a peer review process, overseen by a NPS-approved Peer Review Manager.

NRPM Peer Review Manager Responsibilities

  • Oversees the peer review process to ensure that it is consistent with the NPS Interim Guidance on Peer Review and meets the peer review requirements for the Natural Resource Publications series.
  • Determines if additional peer review is necessary based on the manuscript content and the quality of the initial reviews. If deemed appropriate, arranges for and oversees additional peer review.
  • Determines if a Management Review is necessary, and if so, selects an appropriate reviewer who can verify consistency with NPS policy (or clear and appropriate relation to NPS policy) and that appropriate treatment is given to sensitive issues.
  • When the Peer Review Manager is satisfied that the reviewer comments have been adequately incorporated, and that the report meets the minimum formatting standards for the series, the Peer Review Manager approves the report for publication in the appropriate series.

Who Can Be a Peer Review Manager for a Report?

A Peer Review Manager must be an NPS management-level employee. The person designated for this role is usually the NPS management-level employee that manages that sampling or research effort.

Note: The author or contributing author of a report can never be the report's Peer Review Manager.

Peer Review Managers for Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Program Reports

  • Most frequently, this role is filled by the NPS I&M Network program manager for reports generated by or for the network or its parks. There are 32 I&M networks. Program manager contact information can be found on the individual I&M Network Web Sites.
  • For multi-network projects, sensitive topics, and all monitoring protocols, the Peer Review Manager is the regional I&M program manager.
  • For special cases involving sensitive or particularly complex topics, the I&M Division Chief serves as the Peer Review Manager.
  • Any of the NPS managers (above) can delegate the Peer Review Manager duties for a report to someone under their jurisdiction. If a delegate is used, both the NPS manager and the delegate share responsibility for the final report (e.g., content, format and layout, and peer review).
  • If the default Peer Review Manager is listed as one of the authors of a report, then peer review duties must be delegated to a person who is not directly involved with the report (usually other I&M program managers or regional I&M program managers).

Note: The ranking I&M program manager is always copied in the final set of report review emails (network program managers for network-level reports, regional program managers for regional reports and all protocol and procedural documents). This allows the opportunity for a final report review before report publication.

Peer Review for Regions and Parks

Regional natural resource chiefs frequently have the role of Peer Review Manager for reports not affiliated with the I&M Program. Other positions assuming this role include park resource managers and park superintendents.

If the default Peer Review Manager is listed as one of the authors of a report, then peer review duties must be delegated to a person who is not directly involved with the report (usually other regional natural resource chiefs, I&M program managers, etc.).

Note: The ranking regional natural resource chief, park superintendent, or involved I&M program managers are always copied in the final set of report review emails. This allows the opportunity for a final report review before report publication.

Peer Review for NRSS WASO Divisions & NPS-wide Programs

Program managers or division chiefs (NPS-only) typically assume the role of Peer Review Manager for reports produced by WASO divisions or programs. The role can be delegated to other staff as appropriate.

If the default Peer Review Manager is listed as one of the authors of a report, then peer review duties must be delegated to a person who is not directly involved with the report (usually another NPS management-level person within the same division, another WASO division chief, etc.).

Note: The WASO division chief is always copied in the final set of report review emails. This allows the opportunity for a final report review before report publication.

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