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    The history of science teaches that the greatest advances in the scientific domain have been achieved by bold thinkers who perceived new and fruitful approaches that others failed to notice.  If one had taken the ideas of these scientific geniuses who have been the promoters of modern science and submitted them to committees of specialists, there is no doubt that the latter would have viewed them as extravagant and would have discarded them for the very reason of their originality and profundity.  As a matter of fact, the battles waged, for example by Fresnel and by Pasteur suffice to prove that some of these pioneers ran into a lack of understanding from the side of eminent scholars which they had to fight with vigor before emerging as the winners.  More recently, in the domain of theoretical physics, of which I can speak with knowledge, the magnificent novel conceptions of Lorentz and Planck, and particularly Einstein also clashed with the incomprehension of eminent scientists.  The new ideas here triumphed; but, in proportion as the organization of research becomes more rigid, the danger increases that new and fruitful ideas will be unable to develop freely.
    Let us state in a few words the conclusion to be drawn from the foregoing. While, by the very force of circumstances, research and teaching are weighted down by administrative structures and financial concerns and by the heavy armature of strict regulations and planning, it becomes more indispensable than ever to preserve the freedom of scientific research and the freedom of initiative for the original investigators, because these freedoms have always been and will always remain the most fertile sources for the grand progress of science.

Nobel Laureate Louis de Broglie,  April 25, 1978


 Repression of Physicists in the 21st Century

The electronic preprint archive (, founded in 1991 at Los Alamos National Laboratories and funded by the National Science Foundation, was formed as a way for scientists to rapidly disseminate new discoveries and theoretical developments to the worldwide scientific community.  Its original intent was to be an open forum for papers authored by credentialed physicists, i.e., those who consistently had papers approved for publication in peer refereed journals. Over time the criteria for approval of submitted papers to the archive became more complicated and restrictive.

Presently hosted at Cornell University under the direction of physicist Paul Ginsparg, it blocks certain physicists from posting their papers to this archive.  The arXiv administrators maintain a list of physicists whom they have blacklisted or ostracized so that any paper those individuals attempt to submit is systematically rejected regardless of its scientific content.  Usually these blocked papers have already been accepted for publication in reputable peer refereed science journals or in other cases are undergoing review for journal publication which indicates that these papers are serious and well thought out. The list of suppressed scientists even includes Nobel Laureates!  One characteristic that these ostracized physicists share in common is that they have written or published papers in the past which propose new ideas that challenge traditional physics dogma.  In other cases their published works just happen to run counter to the particular theory preferences of the small political clique administering the archive.

Our world is experiencing serious problems such as exponential population growth, environmental pollution, impending energy shortages, nuclear proliferation, and climatic change. We cannot afford to suppress the works of those seminal minds whose new ideas could revolutionize the way we interact with the world.  What if a paper described the discovery of a new source of energy that could help to alleviate the coming energy crisis?  Or, what if a paper brought to light a serious environmental hazard which, if unheeded, would result in a substantial loss of life.  And, what if moderators censored one such important paper because of a possible personal dislike of its author or because it conflicted with a theory they personally favored?   Society cannot afford this kind of behavior.  

In today's fast changing world it is not enough just to publish one's ideas in scientific journals, a process that can drag on from months to years until approved for publication.  Rapid communication of all plausible new ideas to the academic community through an easily accessible internet archive is essential to the progress of science.

The purpose of this site is to alert the public about the blocking activities being conducted by the Cornell sponsored administrators and to relate the case histories of those scientists who have been censored and/or blacklisted.  Archive Freedom advocates that this practice be immediately stopped and that all scientists be given open uncensored access to this archive to post their technical papers.  We respectfully urge the administrators at Cornell University, as guardian of the world's knowledge of physics, to honor the contributions of all serious scientists.

Click here for a listing and links to the accounts of some of these scientists.

Why archive blacklisting is a serious social and legal issue



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Professor Noam Chomsky's Reaction

 May 2003 Email Exchange between Dr. Carlos Castro and Prof. Noam Chomsky

Further Evidence of Archive Blacklisting
(Learn how people are allowed to post papers related to Carlos Castro's work while Castro himself is blacklisted)

Position Papers and Letters on Archive Suppression
and Academic Freedom

"Refereed journals: Do they insure quality or enforce orthodoxy?"  by Prof. Frank Tipler (a must read paper)

Alfred Schoeller, Letters to colleagues about censorship

Letter to a dissident scientist by Dr. B. Martin

Stamping out dissent

Scientists' treatment of unconventional phenomena

Ridiculed discoverers, vindicated mavericks (a list)


 Other websites exposing suppression of scientific ideas

Suppression, Censorship and Dogmatism in Science

Closeminded Science  (

Websites promoting openness in scientific research

The Telesio-Galilei Association and Academy ( is a collection of scientists from all scientific disciplines devoted to promoting openness in scientific research and, indeed, in science as a whole. It hosts an annual ceremony at which Gold Medals are awarded to notable scientists who have championed these ideals.

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