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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Scottish Health Survey 2010 – Volume 1: Main report

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project – Final Report

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2011

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2009

Developing High Nature Value Farming and Forestry Indicators for the Scotland Rural Development Programme

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2010

Sea Trout Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Salmon Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Putting Learners at the Centre – Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation regarding African Horse Sickness (Scotland) Order 2012

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

“This report presents the findings from an evaluation of football banning order (FBO) legislation in Scotland. Football Banning Orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from attending matches and/or otherwise engaging in violence or disorder linked to football.  … From the introduction of banning orders in late 2006 up to the end of November 2010, a total of 101 FBOs have been issued.”

Pesticide poisoning of animals in 2010 investigations of suspected incidents in Scotland

“The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) … investigates suspected poisoning of wildlife, beneficial insects, companion animals and livestock if there is evidence to indicate that pesticides or biocides may be involved.”

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2010

A report on the effectiveness of cage-level and farm level fallowing for the control of diseases (BKD and sleeping disease) on large cage-based trout farms in Scotland

Progress Report: The Scottish Government’s Response to the Foot and Mouth Disease Review (Scotland) 2007

 

Annual Reports

Veterinary Laboratories Agency annual report and accounts 2010-2011 [PDF file]

Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2010 Annual Report by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland

 

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation on Fisheries Management in Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation

 

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The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on Peer Review in Scientific Publications is now available online.

Pages from an open bookAmongst its conclusions the report states “[p]eer review in scholarly publishing, in one form or another, is crucial to the reputation and reliability of scientific research. Pre-publication peer review has evolved in a piecemeal and haphazard way to meet the needs of individual scientific communities. The process, as used by most traditional journals prior to publication, is not perfect, and it is clear that considerable differences in quality exist. However, despite the many criticisms and the little solid evidence on its efficacy, editorial peer review is considered by many as important and not something that can be dispensed with.”  The rest of the conclusions and recommendations can be read here.

Not sure what peer review is?  Sense about Science have a useful guide [PDF file]

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Planning our electric future: a White Paper for secure, affordable and low-carbon electricity [PDF file]

“This White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to transform the UK’s electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon and affordable.”

Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals [PDF file]

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland and An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

Evaluation of the use of football banning order legislation in Scotland.

Recommendations from the Joint Action Group set up following the Football Summit on March 8, 2011

Scottish Government Consultations

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Review of the Climate Challenge Fund – Research Findings

“The Review of the Climate Challenge Fund has investigated in depth the impacts of 21 community projects across Scotland looking to reduce carbon emissions and explored how they have been successful. This short summary gives key findings drawn from the main report.”

Preparations for the roll-out of smart meters [PDF file]

Reports on progress made towards the installation of “smart” electricity and gas meters, which should be installed in all homes in Great Britain by 2019.

“Smart meters, together with real time in-home displays, can provide consumers with detailed information on their energy use and access to a wide range of off-peak tariffs. Smart meters also allow suppliers to collect meter readings electronically, provide more accurate bills and cut costs.” (more…)

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Photo of dolphinThe Scottish Government have published Scotland’s Marine Atlas, “an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis and supported by expert judgement”. 

This publication includes a huge amount of information that will be useful to biology and environmental science students, and to people studying marine-related aspects of other disciplines.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Annual Report and Accounts 2009 – 2010 [PDF file]

Includes summaries of recent research breakthroughs, information about strategic impact, bibliometric data, etc.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate [PDF file]

A lengthy report from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covering the potential impact of climate change on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and power stations.

Government response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Report on the Video Games Industry in Scotland [PDF file]

Covers age-restricted games, taxation, intellectual property, etc.

Scottish Government Consultations

Securing the Benefits of Scotland’s Next Energy Revolution: Consultation Responses

Marine Scotland: Scottish Marine Regions: Defining their boundaries Consultation Responses

Consultation Response Summary – Joint Consultation by Scottish Government and Food Standards Agency on a change to BSE Testing of Cattle slaughtered for human consumption

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