At WRI, we are committed to providing high quality research. Our publications are held to traditional “academic” standards of excellence such as rigor and objectivity, and also must be timely, fit for audience, and rooted in a strategic plan for achieving positive change in the world. They also must align with WRI’s mission and values : integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.
The items appearing on WRI’s Publications page generally fall into one of four categories: reports, issue briefs, working papers, and technical notes. The review process for each of these categories is described below.
Reports and Issue Briefs
Reports and issue briefs are subjected to an extensive process of both internal and external peer review with topic experts, target audience members, and avowed critics. The Office of Science & Research runs this independent review process, with input from the director of the relevant program, center, or international office.
WRI working papers are intended to serve as a means of communicating work that is still in progress. In many cases, working papers consist of research requiring broad exposure and stakeholder feedback before it can be finalized as a report or issue brief. At other times, they serve as a means for responding to time sensitive, rapidly evolving opportunities, such as analysis of a draft standard, or of country positions in an international process.
Working papers undergo a customized review process determined by the director of the relevant country office or topic area, which generally includes some form of both internal and external peer review.
Technical notes are publications documenting a research or analytical methodology that underpins a published WRI report, interactive map, or data product.
Technical notes undergo a customized review process determined by the director of the relevant country office or topic area, which generally includes some form of external review and limited internal review.
For more information about WRI's review procedures, please contact Maria Hart .