Some of the bunnies may remember (and it was only two years ago, which shows something or other) Pattern Recognition in Physics, and attempt of the dowsers to get their own journal, the first and only issue of which folded because, well, it did not meet standards.
Pattern Recognition in Physics in March 2013. The journal idea was brought to Copernicus' attention and was taken rather critically in the beginning, since the designated Editors-in-Chief were mentioned in the context of the debates of climate skeptics. However, the initiators asserted that the aim of the journal was to publish articles about patterns recognized in the full spectrum of physical disciplines rather than to focus on climate-research-related topics.
In addition, the editors selected the referees on a nepotistic basis, which we regard as malpractice in scientific publishing and not in accordance with our publication ethics we expect to be followed by the editors.
Therefore, we at Copernicus Publications wish to distance ourselves from the apparent misuse of the originally agreed aims & scope of the journal as well as the malpractice regarding the review process, and decided on 17 January 2014 to cease the publication of PRP. Of course, scientific dispute is controversial and should allow contradictory opinions which can then be discussed within the scientific community. However, the recent developments including the expressed implications (see above) have led us to this drastic decision.Of course, PRP had an all start cast, Nils Axel Mörner, Nicola Scaffetta, Tallbloke and more, and they were not about ready to take this lying down, they were going to continue publishing on their own. That lasted about a week, although the web site still exists.
So today, creeping into Eli's Twitter feed comes Hetrodox Academy, a web site dedicated to giving the whiners a voice in social psychology, because, you know, everyone gets to waste other people's time. Well, Jose Duarte is there and Judith Curry is there and Steven Pinker is there, but what this is, is a cry for attention, another damn National Academy of Scholars.
This is the full Donald Trump comb over. Adam Gopnik, writing in the New Yorker today sums it up so well, that all Eli has to do is make minor changes to express the attitude of the Hetrodox Academy at appropriate places
The outsiders are swamping us, and the insiders are mocking us—this ideology alters its local color as circumstances change, but the essential core is always there. They look down on us and they have no right to look down on us.
Indeed, the politics of Jose Duarte, far from being in any way new, are exactly the politics of Huck Finn’s drunken father in “Huckleberry Finn”: “Call this a science! Just look at it and see what it’s like . . . . A man can’t get his rights in a field like this.” Widespread dissatisfaction with all in the profession, a certainty of having been “sold out,” a feeling of complete alienation