Björn Brembs Resigns Editorship At Frontiers Journal Over Recursive Fury Fiasco

Yesterday, Ugo Bardi resigned his editorship at Frontiers Journal over the Recursive Fury Fiasco. Today, a second editor has done so as well.

You should go read the original post, but here's a key part of it:

Frontiers retracted a perfectly fine (according to their own investigation) psychology paper due to financial risks for themselves. It can only be seen as at best a rather lame excuse or at worst rather patronizing, if Frontiers were to claim to be protecting their authors from lawsuits by removing the ‘offending’ article. This is absolutely no way to “empower researchers in their daily work“. In the coming days I will send resignation letters to the Frontiers journals to which I have donated my free time for a range of editorial duties.

And now, on a completely unrelated note, for your amusement:

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The real story is clearly much more involved than the stories so far have indicated.

It will be interesting to see the people Frontiers chooses as replacements for Ugo Bardi and Bjorn Brems.

It won't matter how it shakes out. Deniers will always claim it was retracted for some legitimate reason. Just like how they claim the Hockey Stick was broken...

Yes, exactly, and yes, not only has Frontiers taken action that may well negatively affect a number of careers for no apparent reason, making themselves a publishing out let that most will want to avoid at all costs, but they've handed science denialist another bone to chew on.

Excellent news! Brembs is a good guy, who's done some very interesting research. I've just posted a comment on his blog (and quite a short one compared to my often too-long comments here;-)

I think it's likely that the stink over the Frontiers issue is going to give that paper and its memes more coverage than if they'd just published it and that was that. Good. I've had it up to here with CTers; they are going from being annoying to being overtly dangerous.