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Scientific Review and Comment on Government Products

Scientists and researchers also have the right to review, approve and comment publicly on the final version of any document or publication that significantly relies on their research, identifies them as an author or contributor, or purports to represent their scientific opinion or relates to their field of expertise. While editing by non-scientists is at times necessary and useful, final review by scientific experts is essential to ensure that accuracy has been maintained in the clearance process. In order to accomplish this and create broader public input on scientific materials, agencies should be required to make available for public review and comment all research and documents cited and/or used in a final decision or action.

 

- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda

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