Talk:WikiJournal of Science/“Collect, acquire, analyze, report, and disseminate statistical data related to the science and engineering enterprise…”: The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

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Article information

Submitting author: Matthew Fritz[a][i] 
Additional contributors: Jenna Harmon

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  1. University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Plagiarism check

Pass. Report from WMF copyvios tool flagged some false positives (not regarded as plagiarism) due to matching of long departmental titles. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 06:58, 21 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Peer review 1

Review by Peter Vishton , William & Mary, Department of Psychological Sciences
These assessment comments were submitted on , and refer to this previous version of the article

This article provides a good summary description of the goals and activities of the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The author does an excellent job of both describing the importance of this organization, as well as its relatively low profile among many of the research communities it aims to serve.

The article effectively summarizes the history of the NCSES and the niche that it occupies within the US federal research funding ecosystem. These aspects of the article are detailed and accurate.

As noted in the article, the two primary outputs of NCSES are the “Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) report” and the “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPDSE) report.” I wished that the article had provided direct links to the web sites that present these publications:

I think the greatest value of this article will be leading interested people to read these important reports and, in some cases, to use the data. The reports are listed in the reference section, but a direct link seems better to me if it is possible to include.

My one other suggestion can be ignored, especially if it does not fit with the goals or format of the WikiJournal of Science. The author makes a compelling case that the data provided by NCSES have been of great value to researchers and policy makers, and they have the potential to be even more valuable in the future. Would it be possible to provide a range of examples—even a couple would be valuable—of work that has already been done? Perhaps the impacts of that work could be described as well. This might be a very big request. Indeed, I may be describing a wholly different article. If it is possible to include a little of that information here, however, I think it might make the current article even more useful.

T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 13:27, 11 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Peer review 2

Review by Robert Litan , The Brookings Institution, Washington
These assessment comments were submitted on , and refer to this previous version of the article

I have reviewed, and have no comments, this is a remarkably thorough and informative summary – congratulations to the authors for doing this

T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 03:10, 14 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Author Response to Reviewer Comments


I first want to thank the editor and the reviewers for their time and constructive feedback on the original version of this article. I appreciate their enthusiasm for the article and the need for its existence.

Second, I agree with Dr. Vishton's suggestions for improving the article. The SEI and WMPDSE reports now are directly linked in the article to the respective websites for those reports. With regards to research and policy decisions that have used NCSES data, I agree that a comprehensive list, if it were even possible to compile, would be prohibitively long and that an in-depth discussion of the past and future impact of NCSES and NCSES data is beyond the scope of this article. That said, I also agree that providing a few examples of academic research and policy decisions (or at least resources developed specifically for policymakers that use NCSES data) would strengthen the paper. As such, I have added a new section titled "Data and Publication Usage Examples" that provide six examples where NCSES data and/or reports were used.

Cobalt144 (discusscontribs) 14:50, 14 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Review by Peter Vishton ,
These assessment comments were submitted on , and refer to this previous version of the article

I am fully satisfied with the author's response to the review suggestions. I continue to think this is a strong article that will make a valuable addition to WikiJournal of Science.

Editor's note

Note: A few changes will be necessary for the version as integrated into Wikipedia:

  • The title would be "National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics"
  • The very short sections in "Data and Publication Usage Examples" might be merged.

T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 12:14, 30 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]