SCB Policy Approval Process
The policy program welcomes member suggestions for policy statements. Many of SCB's policy statements originate with our members around the world, however, as a global society, no member or group may issue a policy statement on behalf of the Society without prior approval from the SCB Policy Committee. If you would like SCB, a Section, Working Group, or Chapter to issue a policy statement, you must follow the SCB Policy Approval Process.
Standards for SCB Policy Statements
SCB strives to ensure that all of its policy statements are of high quality. Therefore, a proposal for a policy statement that is specific, well-developed, and scientifically-supported has a greater chance of being approved than a generalized proposal without scientific support.
The SCB policy program can assist you in developing and refining a proposed policy statement. In fact, most policy statements go through weeks or months of work, revisions, and editing before they are submitted to the Policy Committee for approval. Accordingly, we encourage you to CONTACT us if you believe SCB should issue a statement on a particular policy issue. Because most policy statements are smaller in scope than the global scale, you should also consider contacting the president and/or policy chair of the appropriate SCB regional section to see if they have interest in working on your policy proposal. More information can be found on our Policy Tools & Opportunities page.
A proposed policy statement that meets the following criteria is more likely to be approved:
- The statement is based on scientific literature published in Conservation Biology or other peer-reviewed journals.
- The statement is written in clear, objective language that is appropriate for conservation researchers, managers, and policy makers.
- The statement is consistent with the policy priorities of SCB or one of SCB's regional sections.
- The statement does not conflict with previous SCB policy statements.
Once your proposed policy statement is fully developed, it must be approved by the SCB policy committee. The SCB board has established two paths by which a proposed policy statement can be approved: (1) full review by the SCB policy committee, or (2) expedited review via the rapid policy review group (RPRG) process.
Under the full review process, a majority of the SCB policy committee must vote affirmatively to approve the policy statement. The policy committee may also provisionally approve a statement so long as certain revisions are made to it. If the statement is not approved, the policy committee will provide the reasons for the statements rejection. The policy statement may be reviewed by independent scientists or practitioners who may offer their suggested changes. Normally the full review process is completed within two weeks (approximately 11 business days after submission).
Under the expedited review process, the SCB policy committee chair, the policy director, president and policy chair of a regional section comprise a rapid policy review group (RPRG). When the RPRG approves of a proposed policy statement, that statement is transmitted to the full SCB policy committee. At this point, the proposed policy statement shall be considered approved by SCB unless it is rejected by a majority of the policy committee within three business days.
All approved SCB policy statements will be posted to the policy section of SCB's website.
Click HERE to see a flow diagram outlining the approval process.
Click HERE for the formal policy approval process as adopted by the SCB Board of Governors.