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Where was the Burmese python study published and who are the authors? What kind of peer-review did this study receive?

The paper, Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park, was published online on Jan. 30, 2012, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; The authors are Michael E. Dorcas, Davidson College; John D. Willson, Virginia Tech University; Robert N. Reed, U.S. Geological Survey; Ray W. Snow, National Park Service; Michael R. Rochford, University of Florida; Melissa A. Miller, Auburn University; Walter E. Meshaka, Jr., State Museum of Pennsylvania; Paul T. Andreadis, Denison University; Frank J. Mazzotti, University of Florida; Christina M. Romagosa, Auburn University; and Kristen M. Hart, USGS.

Both the USGS and the journal, PNAS, require independent scientific review for every publication, and this study met those standards.  In the USGS, peer reviewers are selected from experts with no organizational or close professional ties to the authors.  Standards require a minimum of two reviews, after which the USGS authors must provide a detailed response to each review that explicitly states how each comment on the document was addressed.  Adequacy of the authors’ responses to reviews is assessed by both research managers and independent scientists within the USGS.  PNAS also requires independent peer review from experts with no organizational or close professional ties to the authors before it publishes scientific studies in the journal. PNAS is one of the most respected peer-reviewed scientific journals in the world.

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