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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2014 and after having been published as Early View on 28 April 2014, the Letter to the Editor by L. Iorio has been withdrawn by B. Cronin who changed his mind due to the pressures by Ciufolini.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.
This is a screenshot from the IOP eprintweb capturing the early retraction comment by arXiv, i.e. the one which lasted for years until September 2013.
This is a screenshot taken from the Twitter account by Rich Bielby, Durham University, of a 3 December 2013 post of him. It is on the pseudonym “G. Forst” used by Mr. Ciufolini.