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After having been accepted for publication by B. Cronin, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, in January 2014 and after having been published as Early View on 28 April 2014, the Letter to the Editor by L. Iorio has been withdrawn by B. Cronin who changed his mind due to the pressures by Ciufolini. The post-publication rejection letter by B. Cronin reads: “Gentlemen,
It is clear that there exist between you a deep-rooted disagreement related to the matter of alleged pseudonymous publishing, one that, on reflection, I do not feel should be aired in the pages of JASIST. You are both career physicists, active in the field and working in Italy. Moreover, as best I can tell, you have actually co-authored papers on multiple occasions. It, therefore, makes much more sense for your disagreement, whatever its origins and dimensions, to be discussed and arbitrated on locally by members of either the physics community or the Italian higher education system.
The letter from Dr. Iorio has been removed from the JASIST (Early View) website and will not now be published in the Journal.
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Today, the ArXiv moderators have again removed their own comments directly exposing Mr. Ciufolini for both the ascertained pseudonyms used by him to post fake pre-prints to anonymously criticize competitors. In the case of “G. Forst”, it is the second time that the ArXiv moderators removed their own comments exposing Mr. Ciufolini. In the case of “G. Felici”, it is the first time. Please, notice that they even removed the fake email used by Mr. Ciufolini, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org, to submit his pre-print from all its three versions. Now, it is as if even the original ones were submitted by…the ArXiv moderators themselves!
Let’s wait for the next episode in this unbelievable saga…
Update from ArXiv: now, they have fully reinstated their original comment explicitly exposing Mr. Ciufolini: “This submission has been removed because ‘G.Forst’ is a pseudonym of Ignazio Ciufolini, who repeatedly submits inappropriate articles under pseudonyms. This is in explicit violation of arXiv policies. Roughly similar content to this article, contrasting the relative merits of the LAGEOS and GP-B measurements of the frame-dragging effect, can be found in pp. 43–45 of: this http URL ” Let’s wait for the next episode……
In this talk, given at the INFN meeting in Villa Mondragone, 30 September 2008, Mr. Ciufolini cites his own Forst paper as an example of reputable and estabilished criticism in literature against GP-B
In this talk, given by Mr. Ciufolini at the International Laser Ranging Conference in Poznan, 13 October 2008, he cited his own Forst paper as an example, among others, of estabilished criticisms about GP-B existing in the literature.