Archive Suppression of a Paper in which Dr. LaViolette Announces his Discovery of A Climatically Significant Interstellar Dust Incursion Recorded in Antarctic Ice

The second instance of suppression concerns Dr. LaViolette's attempt to post a paper which announced his discovery that large scale variations in the quantity of halogen acids found in ice age Antarctic ice have a period matching the solar cycle period. He demonstrates that this could be explained if large quantity of interstellar dust had flooded the solar system at that time. Since this century long event occurred around 15,800 years B.P., just at the beginning of the deglacial warming, he concludes that it had a major impact on the Earth's climate and may have been the initiating event that brought an end to the last ice age. This paper, entitled "Solar cycle variations in ice acidity at the end of the last ice age: Possible marker of a climatically significant interstellar dust incursion," is available for examination and free download.

This was a legitimate paper for posting to ArXiv.org for the following reasons:

1) Paper was accepted for journal publication: The paper had been accepted for publication by a reputable refereed journal. It was due to be published in a few months time.
2) Good publication track record:  The evidence in this paper provides strong confirmation of Dr. LaViolette's Galactic Superwave Hypothesis which proposes that the last ice age was ended by an incursion of dust and gas associated with the arrival of a Galactic core explosion cosmic ray volley.  As far back as 25 years ago, Dr. LaViolette had begun researching this hypothesis for his Ph.D. dissertation and during the subsequent years had published several journal papers on the subject.  So the hypothesis has a well established publication track record.  Findings he has presented in his papers have been favorably cited by other researchers.  Also his hypothesis has had fourteen of its predictions now verified; see Predict.html.  Considering this previous track record and the fact that this new paper was providing very strong evidence that confirmed this theory, it is appalling to find that the Cornell archive would single him out and prevent him from posting his paper and communicating these important findings to his colleagues.
3) Paper's topic is of critical interest to society:  There is increasing concern over cosmic ray/gamma ray bursts showering our solar system, LaViolette having been one of the first researchers to call attention to such hazards.  Also climatic change has become a critical issue for today's society, particularly with the looming threat of global warming.  So, a paper that possibly presents the "smoking gun" of the cause of the ending of the last ice age, is nothing to be taken lightly.  By hampering communication of this important information, the Cornell archive may not be working in humanity's best interests.
 4) Author followed correct submission procedures:  When LaViolette first submitted this paper to the preprint archive, ArXiv.org, he used an edu email address he had been given at California State University Fresno where he was conducting research on solar water desalination.  Normally, registration and uploading papers to the archive is automated and unrestricted if one uses one's own edu address.  The fact that LaViolette's attempt at uploading was blocked indicates that the Cornell archive has a firewall with a name blacklist that automatically flags and blocks his (and other blacklistees) from uploading papers to the archive.

The idea that LaViolette's paper should be singled out of the hundreds of papers that academic scientists upload to this archive every day indicates that there is a concerted effort in place to prevent him from posting his papers.  

After almost four months of effort and spending over one hundred hours of his time, Dr. LaViolette's paper was finally allowed to be posted after the National Science Foundation intervened in the matter.  But without the author's consent, arXiv moderators have placed it in an inappropriate archive category and have prevented it from being cross listed to the astro-ph category where it would be of interest to many astronomers and astrophysicists.

For a history of Dr. LaViolette's interchange with the Cornell archive in regard to the posting of this solar cycle paper, click here.