[OPE-L:6518] Obstacle to pluralism removed

From: glevy@pop-b.pratt.edu
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 16:28:53 EST

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From: "Alan Freeman" <a.freeman@greenwich.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 02:36:14 -0000
Subject: Obstacle to pluralism removed

Dear Friend

I wrote to a number of colleagues in June last year about RRPE's
solicitation of funds to fight a defamation suit by Dr Andrew Kliman. For
legal reasons Andrew was unable to reveal the substance of the accusation
against him, and that is why I took the exceptional step of drawing
attention to the facts of the case as I saw it.

I am now writing on a happier note to inform you that URPE has retracted the
false charge it made against Andrew and has lifted the publishing ban
imposed on him.

RRPE and its agents falsely charged that Andrew violated professional ethics
by submitting a paper to another journal while it was still under review at
the RRPE, and banned all further articles authored by him. In its
retraction, which I reproduce below, URPE accepts that the paper was no
longer under review when Andrew submitted it elsewhere.

Although the fundamental underlying issue of pluralism remains unresolved,
since Andrew's paper was never reviewed again and the appeal he requested
was never granted, nevertheless the retraction removes a decisive obstacle
to genuine scholarly debate around this substantive question.

This must now develop on the basis of a recognition of the legitimate
contribution and right to be heard of all principal schools of thought,
unfettered by any restrictions or charges concerning persons which in any
way restrict the access of the reading public to the ideas that they hold.

Below is the text of URPE's retraction which is published on its website at


Dr. Andrew Kliman believed that Hazel Dayton Gunn disseminated a
claim that he had violated professional ethics by publishing an
article in another journal while it was still under review by the
RRPE.  We wish to acknowledge that when he submitted a revised
version of the article in question to another journal, the
manuscript had already been rejected by RRPE.  However, a
misunderstanding arose after Dr. Kliman requested an appeal of the
original rejection.  The matter has now been settled and the
Editorial Board has removed the sanction denying Dr. Kliman the
right to submit articles to RRPE for publication.  There was no
intention to inflict harm on Dr. Kliman.

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