Rossi’s announcement about the peer reviewing of his third party tests has caught many people by surprise. Most have anticipated that the third party would release the results of their testing to the journals of their selection.
However, Rossi recently said that the findings of the third party tests would be submitted to peer review, then released to the public. This has stirred up a great deal of argument and speculation surrounding the results.
This speculation is mostly due to the fact that peer review can be a black hole for scientific information. Sometimes, an article or discussion will be processed quickly, within weeks, and made public. Other times, the information being reviewed may never see the light of day.
This is partly due to the complexity of the study being reviewed, and partly dependent on the peer group doing the reviewing.
Rossi seems to think that the peer reviewing will only take about 2 to 3 weeks. However, this seems unlikely, considering that the testing was so protracted and faced with complications. Keep in mind, too, that cold fusion and LENR have been in the realm of pseudo-science for 20 years, and are slowly gaining acceptance by a few “mainstream” scientists and organizations. This subject is very vulnerable right now, and skeptics suspicions are that any review board that can get through the E-Cat reports in just 2 to 3 weeks is not doing its job.
Peer review is more than simply editing a study, and clarifying a few points. It often calls for extra information and “severe critiques, requests for confirmations, side experiments”, as noted by Garry, a poster on E-Cat World.
In general, the opinion is that the mainstream scientific journals don’t deserve to be gifted with the reports on E-Cat, that the reports should be published on the JONP. The bias toward LENR and cold fusion shown to this day by mainstream media outlets should, in some people’s eyes, remove them from the loop in the release of this major break in clean energy.
There is also the accusation that, if the peer review takes only 2 or 3 weeks, it will be because the peers doing the review are incompetent. This is highly contested, as some believe that the better the expertise of the reviewers, the quicker the review will conclude.
In any case, rushing to publish a review would be destructive to the cause of LENR. As one poster put it, “The only thing that has ‘derailed cold fusion for 20 years’ is the total incompetence of science to take P&F seriously and do the bloody research. Journals are there to report Evidence not give opinions about if that Evidence is worthy of reporting, only further research will determine that.”
The 3rd party has informed Rossi that their report will be finished and ready to present by Dec. 16. As to when the peer review will be released, let’s hope that the overly optimistic Rossi is correct at the 2 to 3 week timetable and the public will get it in January.