Question: Was Nina Pierpont’s book peer-reviewed?

Jack P. Goellner, Director Emeritus, John Hopkins University Press

Jack P. Goellner, Director Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University Press

No, it was not,” say the wind turbine Salesmen.   “Oh yes it was!” responds this man. 

Who is this man?  He is a legend in the publishing world.  Especially the world of scholarly publishing.  (It’s a safe bet that Mr. Goellner understands more about peer review than a wind turbine salesmen, don’t you think?)

For more than twenty years, Mr. Goellner was Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, the oldest university press in America (founded 1878).  During his tenure, JHUP became a world leader, celebrated, among other fields, for its medical publishing—a tradition which subsequent directors have carried forward. 

Goellner is widely considered a “publisher’s publisher.”  More directors of university presses have come out of JHUP than out of any other press.  (One of them is the current director of Harvard University Press.)  Considerable credit for this fact goes to Jack Goellner.
When Jack retired, his alma mater, Allegheny College, conferred an honorary doctorate upon him in recognition of his accomplishments and stature in scholarly publishing. 

Now read what this man has to say about Pierpont’s “Wind Turbine Syndrome.”

Dr. Pierpont has written a superb and powerful book. Truly first-rate in its presentation of hard data, and with remarkable clarity.

I devoutly hope that her findings, pinned as they  are to unassailable research and rigorously peer-reviewed by ranking scientists, come to the attention of movers and shakers who can broaden the research base and shape  the politics of dealing with Wind Turbine Syndrome. 

Was Pierpont’s book peer-reviewed? “Yes it was,” responds the expert.