by Igor Oransky, Retraction Watch, April 8, 2014
"…my opinion is that, with their latest statement and their decision to retract the paper, Frontiers has shown no respect for authors nor for their own appointed referees and editors. But the main problem is that we have here another example of the climate of intimidation that is developing around the climate issue."
"The climate of intimidation which is developing nowadays risks to do great damage to climate science and to science in general. I believe that the situation risks to deteriorate further if we all don’t take a strong stance on this issue. Hence, I am taking the strongest action I can take, that is I am resigning from “Chief Specialty Editor” of Frontiers in protest against the behavior of the journal in the “Recursive Fury” case. I sent to the editors a letter today, stating my intention to resign.
"I am not happy about having had to take this decision, because I had been working hard and seriously at the Frontiers’ specialty journal titled 'Energy Systems and Policy.' But I think it was the right thing to do. I also note that this blunder by “Frontiers” is also a blow to the concept of 'open access' publishing, which was one of the main characteristic of their series of journals. But I still think that open access publishing it is the way of the future. This is just a temporary setback for a good idea which is moving onward."
"Frontiers stands by its decision to retract the article, which it considers to have been the right and responsible course of action."