Peer Review in Controversial Topics – A Case Study of 9/11

Peer Review in Controversial Topics – A Case Study of 9/11

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To 911Blogger Readers:

I’m pleased to announce that the online journal Publications, which is part of MDPI, has published my paper titled:

Peer Review in Controversial Topics – A Case Study of 9/11

You can find the published paper at http://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/5/2/16 .

Here is the Abstract:

“Beginning with an historical reminiscence, this paper examines the peer review process as

experienced by authors currently seeking publication of their research in a highly controversial area. A case study of research into the events of 9/11 (11 September 2001) illustrates some of the problems in peer review arising from undue influences based on financial and political considerations. The paper suggests that ethical failures, rather than flaws in the process itself, are mainly responsible for perceived problems. The way forward lies in improved ethics and a more open process. In addition, editorial review boards and peer review strategies would help to improve the ethics of peer review in general.”

The paper was written at the invitation of one of the Publications’ editors, and underwent a substantial peer review process. In the invitation, the editor cited the paper "Ethics and the Official Reports about the Destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers (WTC1 and WTC2) on 9/11: A Case Study," by John D. Wyndham, Wayne H. Coste and Michael R. Smith. This paper was presented at the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology. See http://www.scientistsfor911truth.org/news.html#news_ieee_ethics_paper .

About MDPI: From their website at http://www.mdpi.com/ :

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an academic open-access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Additional offices are located in Beijing and Wuhan (China), Barcelona (Spain) as well as in Belgrade (Serbia). MDPI publishes 177 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access, electronic journals, including … [list of journals]. Our publishing activities are supported by more than 12,800 active scientists and academic editors on our journals' international editorial boards, including several Nobelists. More than 216,400 individual authors have already published with MDPI. MDPI.com receives more than 4.2 million monthly webpage views.”

With appreciation and thanks for all the individual and combined efforts of those in our movement that led to this publication,

John D. Wyndham

 

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