Details on joining Climate Change National Forum as a contributor

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 CONTRIBUTOR CATEGORIES: CRITERIA & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Science Contributor (member category) Criteria

To participate as a science contributor on ClimateChangeNationalForum.org, one must:

  • have an adequate level of expertise in some area of climate science;
  • agree to evaluate the science of climate change with an open mind;
  • have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy; and
  • agree to express one’s personal opinion only and refrain from speaking for or on behalf of any organization.

Application Instructions for Scientists

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in contributing as a science contributor, you can apply for admission into CCNF and publishing access on ClimateChangeNationalForum.org by sending an email to ClimateChangeNationalForum@gmail.com with the subject line “Science Contributor Application.” Please include the following information:

  • name;
  • email address;
  • affirmation that the you meet the contributor criteria;
  • short biography to display upon admission (200 words max);
  • your cv;
  • your photo; and
  • any links to your recent and/or most applicable publications.

Science Communication Contributor (non-member category) Criteria

To participate as a science communication contributor on ClimateChangeNationalForum.org, one must:

  • communicate the science of climate change in an accurate and responsible manner;
  • have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy; and
  • agree to express one’s personal opinion only and refrain from speaking for or on behalf of any organization.

Application Instructions for Science Communicators (for those applicants that are not scientists or might not qualify as straight science contributors)

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in contributing as a science communication contributor, you can apply for admission into CCNF and publishing access on ClimateChangeNationalForum.org by sending an email to ClimateChangeNationalForum@gmail.com with the subject line “Science Communicator Contributor Application.” Please include the following information:

  • name;
  • email address;
  • affirmation that the you meet the contributor criteria;
  • short biography to display upon admission (200 words max);
  • your cv;
  • your photo;
  • any links to your recent and/or most applicable publications;
  • name and link to your #SciComm blog/material if you are an active blogger or communicator. 

Note: Science contributors will most often automatically qualify as science communication contributors. The science communication contributor category is a non-member category. Because this type of contributor publishes in the science sections of the Forum, admission is determined by the science contributor committee. Non-members do not have automatic publishing privileges; their content must be approved by the acting editor, who is likely a journalist. It must be emphasized that this is a small control measure to ensure quality #SciComm content, considering the acting editor is likely a journalist and not a scientist. It’s meant to prevent disasters, rather than ensure perfection. Bottom-line, the Forum is an open platform, but there are control measures in place, especially when it comes to science communication, to ensure accurate, responsible, and quality #Scicomm content. 

Subject Matter Expert or Policy Contributor (member category) Criteria

To participate as a subject matter or policy contributor in phase II of the project, one must:

  • have an adequate level of expertise in energy, economic, environmental or national policy or in any area or field (e.g., technology) directly or indirectly related to the aforementioned policy areas;
  • agree to base one’s subject matter or policy position on climate science that has been discussed or reviewed by the science contributors;* and
  • have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy.

*Note: Subject matter or policy contributors have automatic publishing privileges in the values sections of the Forum. It is the broadest defined category. It could include clean energy experts, journalists, professors, writers, or politicians.
*Note: If a subject matter expert or policy contributor proposes an expert or policy position based on a study or area of climate science that has not been discussed or reviewed by the scientists in the Forum, the moderator will note it in the Forum and submit or post the referenced study to the science contributor community to discuss and/or comment under.

Application Instructions for Subject Matter or Policy Experts or Policy Makers

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating as a subject matter or policy contributor, you can apply for admission into CCNF and publishing access in the policy categories of ClimateChangeNationalForum.org by sending an email to ClimateChangeNationalForum@gmail.com with the subject line “Subject Matter or Policy Contributor Application.” Please include the following information:

  • name;
  • email address;
  • affirmation that you meet the contributor criteria;
  • preferred identification as a subject matter expert (please name the subject matter area) or policy contributor or values contributor;*
  • short biography to display upon admission (200 words max);
  • your cv;
  • your photo; and
  • any links to your recent and/or most applicable publications.

*Note: There is no real difference between a “subject matter contributor” and a “policy contributor.” It is just a matter of identification and preference. Either will have full publishing privileges in any policy or values category.

Values and/or Humanities Contributor (member category) Criteria

To participate as a values and/or humanities contribtuor, subject matter or policy contributor in phase II of the project, one must:

  • be well versed in the humanities or be a veteran or be a religious, community, or a public leader or qualify as contributor in another category;
  • agree to base one’s values position on climate science that has been discussed or reviewed by the science contributors;* and
  • have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy.

*Note: If a values contributor proposes a position based on a study or area of science that has not been discussed or reviewed by the scientists in the Forum, the moderator will note it in the Forum and submit or post the referenced study to the science contributor community to discuss and/or comment under.

Application Instructions for Values Contributor Applicants

*Note: If you qualify as a contributor in another category, then you will have automatic publishing privileges in the values section. All contributors are welcome in the values dialogue because we all have individual values sets.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating as a values contributor, you can apply for admission into CCNF and publishing access in the values categories of ClimateChangeNationalForum.org by sending an email to ClimateChangeNationalForum@gmail.com with the subject line “Values Contributor Application.” Please include the following information:

  • name;
  • email address;
  • affirmation that you meet the contributor criteria;
  • preferred identification as a subject matter expert (please name the subject matter area) or policy contributor – if you qualify as either of those two — or as a values contributor;*
  • short biography to display upon admission (200 words max);
  • your cv;
  • your photo; and
  • any links to your recent and/or most applicable publications.

*Note: There is no real difference between a “subject matter contributor” and a “policy contributor.” It is just a matter of identification and preference. Either will have full publishing privileges in any policy or values category.

Journalist Contributor (non-member category) Criteria

To participate as a journalist contributor, one must:

  • accurately and responsibly cover the issue of climate change both in and outside the Forum; and
  • have a demonstrated commitment to accuracy.

*Note: Most journalists will qualify as subject matter experts and have automatic publishing privileges in the policy and values sections of the Forum. The above criteria is for folks who are either applying as a subject matter contributor based on their journalism expertise or would like to run content in the Journalists’ Section on the website, the latter of which requires approval by the acting Editor-in-Chief .

Admission and Publishing Privileges in ClimateChangeNationalForum.org

Applications will go to either the science contributor committee or the subject matter expert, values & policy contributor committee or both committees. If a committee determines that an applicant meets the contributor criteria, then the applicant shall be admitted into the Forum as a contributor (this is inscribed in the CCNF bylaws). Once an applicant is admitted as a contributor, CCNF staff will then provide the contributor with publishing privileges and provide any necessary technical support to get the contributor up and running. After that, if the contributor is a member, he or she will be able to publish posts on his or her own page and in any applicable category as little or as much as he or she would like. Though it is not required, contributors are highly encouraged to contribute at least one post and participate in some of the discussions in the contributor-only comment threads below posts once a month on average.

Bifurcation of Science and Policy

There is a general division between science and policy in the Forum. Subject matter or policy contributors will be able to publish posts and comment in policy and values categories only unless they are also science or science communication contributors. Similarly, the science or science communication contributors will only be able to publish posts in the science categories unless they are also subject matter or policy contributors. All contributors can post in the values categories. Science and science contributors can comment under any policy post. Subject matter, policy, and values contributors can comment under science posts so long as its a question. Bottom-line, those that are experts on the science can opine on the science. Hopefully, this will keep the policy discussion and debate grounded in the science.

Guest Contributor Criteria

Any contributor-member may invite any person to contribute as a guest columnist to any area of the site that the contributor-member has access to. The only criterion one must meet to contribute as a guest columnist is that he or she must base his or her policy position on science discussed and reviewed by the science columnists. This criterion does not apply to any published scientist or anyone who has published a book on climate change. Guest contributors do not become members of the organization by contributing as guest contributors.

The CCNF board of directors or a committee with board-delegated powers cannot prevent a guest contributor from posting on ClimateChangeNationalForum.org. Inviting guest contributors is a contributor’s own individual privilege. Guest contributors will be able to contribute five times to the Forum. A guest contributor will be able to contribute more than 5 times if his or her guest contributor status is extended by a board member, committee with board-delegated powers, or journalist.

Causes of Removal

Causes of removal of member-contributors from the contributor community by the CCNF board include the following:

  1. failure to meet the contributor criteria;
  2. continual failure to demonstrate courtesy and respect to other contributors; or
  3. continual failure to refrain from personally attacking other contributors.

When a contributor is removed from CCNF, the reason for his or her removal shall be stated in the corporate records and communicated to the person being removed.

Voting and Organization Structure

CCNF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Contributors that post content at least once a month on average become voting members in the nonprofit and elect the board in annual elections. The board, in turn, acts as the gatekeeper, admitting only those contributors that can meet CCNF’s columnist criteria. The board also hires the administrative and journalism staff.

Disclaimer: The rules and regulations of this organization are set out in the bylaws of Climate Change National Forum. The above criteria and causes for removal are meant to explain and summarize, but not supplant or override any of the bylaws. If there is a conflict between the bylaws and anything above, the bylaws will override what is above.