Abstract: 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.
The paper was written at the invitation of one of the Publications’ editors, and underwent a substantial peer review process. In the invitation, the editor cited the paper “Ethics and the Official Reports about the Destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers (WTC1 and WTC2) on 9/11: A Case Study,” by John D. Wyndham, Wayne H. Coste and Michael R. Smith.
This paper was presented at the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology.publications-05-00016
John D. Wyndham
Present or Most Recent Position: Principal Educational Specialist, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer Corporation (retired).
Degrees and Schools: PhD Physics (Radio Astronomy), MA Physics, BA Physics, Cambridge University, U.K.
Statement on 9/11: “After five years of avoiding the issue, I watched a video of WTC 7 as it fell. After a period of further research, I was shocked and mortified to discover the overwhelming evidence that the official account of 9/11 cannot possibly be true. Since then I have worked to bring this information into public awareness.”
Additional Information: Former Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, former Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy, Pepperdine University.
Papers: The Pentagon Attack: Problems with Theories Alternative to Large Plane Impact, Version 2, March, 2013. Originally published in the Journal of 9/11 Studies, January, 2012.
The Pentagon Attack: The Event Time Revisited, March, 2013
Ethics and the Official Reports about the Destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers (WTC1 and WTC2) on 9/11: A Case Study, by John D. Wyndham, Wayne H. Coste and Michael R. Smith, 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology. See also the poster for the paper presentation in Chicago, May 23-24, 2014.
Other Scientific Works Papers and Talks on Radio Astronomy
Website: Scientific Method 9/11