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An Independent Peer Review Process Developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the U.S. Department of Energy

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Peer review is the foundation of acceptability of scientific and engineering information. If properly managed, it provides the manager of governmental, industrial, and other organizations with credible and timely technical materials. This paper summarizes the results of a program developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in cooperation with the Institute for Regulatory Science (RSI). The program was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and used primarily by several offices of DOE. However, it was also used by other organizations. The Peer Review Committee (PRC) formed by the ASME was responsible for development and enforcement of policies and procedures to ensure the integrity and credibility of the Program. Review Panels (RPs) appointed by the PRC were responsible for peer reviewing specific projects. The day-to-day operations of the RP were managed by RSI. Judging by the large-scale recognition of the Program, it can be concluded that it was credible, timely, economical, and applicable to virtually all scientific and engineering activities.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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