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ARS Peer Review Guidelines


The following information is provided to specifically meet the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget's Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review, which was published in the Federal Register on January 14, 2005 (FR 70:2665-2677), .


Two major categories of scientific information are disseminated by the Agricultural Research Service: official USDA reports and non-USDA reports.  A research product (i.e., manuscript) submitted for publication to peer-reviewed journals is considered a non-USDA report of scientific information.  However to ensure the utmost rigor and transparency, official USDA reports of influential and highly influential research are reviewed by scientific experts within and outside of the federal government before dissemination to the public.  

ARS Peer Review Agenda and Plans Related to Influential/Highly Influential Scientific Information (updated semiannually, as applicable).

Research conducted by ARS that could potentially fall under influential and highly influential designations include research that supports policy and regulations; research with public health implications; and research that might impact trade. 

ARS currently has no peer review agendas to report.




For information on the ARS peer review agenda and plans for influential and highly influential research, contact:


Paul M. Wester, Jr.
Director, National Agricultural Library
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 204
Beltsville, MD, 20705
Phone: (301) 504-5248


USDA Resources


Additional information on information quality and peer review may be found: