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

Scientists for 9/11 Truth, 36 Union Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, USA
Academic Editor: Alan Singleton
Publications 2017, 5(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications5020016
Received: 18 February 2017 / Accepted: 31 May 2017 / Published: 6 June 2017
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer; review; ethics; 9/11; open; process; journal; editor; reviewer; strategy; bias peer; review; ethics; 9/11; open; process; journal; editor; reviewer; strategy; bias
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Wyndham, J.D. Peer Review in Controversial Topics—A Case Study of 9/11. Publications 2017, 5, 16. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications5020016

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Wyndham JD. Peer Review in Controversial Topics—A Case Study of 9/11. Publications. 2017; 5(2):16. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications5020016

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Wyndham, John D. 2017. "Peer Review in Controversial Topics—A Case Study of 9/11" Publications 5, no. 2: 16. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications5020016

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