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Proposal review rankings: the influence of reviewer discussions on proposal selection
Author(s): Lisa J. Storrie-Lombardi; Nancy A. Silbermann; Luisa M. Rebull; Seppo Laine; Megan Crane
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Paper Abstract

The telescope time allocation process for NASA's Great Observatories involves a substantial commitment of time and expertise by the astronomical community. The annual review meetings typically have 100 external participants. Each reviewer spends 3-6 days at the meeting in addition to one-two weeks of preparation time, reading and grading proposals. The reviewers grade the proposals based on their individual reading prior to the meeting and grade them again after discussion within the broad, subject-based review panels. We summarize here how the outcome of the review process for three Spitzer observing cycles would have changed if the selection had been done strictly based on the preliminary grades without having the panels meet and discuss the proposals. The changes in grading during the review meeting have a substantial impact on the final list of selected proposals. Approximately 30% of the selected proposals would not have been included if just the preliminary rankings had been used to make the selection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 701622 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787964
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Lisa J. Storrie-Lombardi, Spitzer Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Nancy A. Silbermann, Spitzer Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Luisa M. Rebull, Spitzer Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Seppo Laine, Spitzer Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Megan Crane, Spitzer Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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