ArXiv, Blaise Cronin, general relativity, general relativity and gravitation, Gravity Probe B, Ignazio Ciufolini, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, misconduct, pseudonyms, sockpuppets, Wiley
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2014 and after having been published as Early View on 28 April 2014, the Letter to the Editor by L. Iorio has been withdrawn by B. Cronin who changed his mind due to the pressures by Ciufolini.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.
In late 2007, a certain “G. Forst”, who ever neither published nor posted any scientific paper anywhere, suddenly popped out on the ArXiv repository maintained by the Cornell University with a preprint criticizing some scientific aspects of the Gravity Probe B mission aimed to measure the general relativistic effect named frame-dragging or Lense-Thirring effect. In early 2008, ArXiv moderators retracted Mr. Forst’s preprint with a comment pointing towards an Italian physicist unwilling to disclose his identity. They also added a the link to a 2007 Nature paper by Mr. I. Ciufolini. In September 2013, ArXiv moderators changed their comment to the one displayed here, where it is written: “This submission has been removed because ‘G.Forst’ is a pseudonym of Ignazio Ciufolini, who repeatedly submits inappropriate articles under pseudonyms. “