Being unable to post the new paper to arXiv, I have had to resort using to viXra as a repository. This is very much a second best option as:
- viXra has very little visibility or credibility in the academic community
- it is not indexed by Google Scholar
- it contains many crackpot postings that have only a passing resemblance to proper science
Nevertheless, it does offer authors the ability to register their publications in a date stamped repository, thus establishing intellectual property precedence. Now that it is registered, I am at least able to cite it in any future papers relating the this topic.
After a wait of over two weeks while my submission was ‘on hold’, I finally received a communication from the arXiv administrators, basically wanting to establish whether I was a proper ‘professional’ researcher with an academic affiliation. It would appear that they were not satisfied with my response (I do not currently have an academic affiliation) and therefore deleted my submission, inviting me to submit instead to a conventional peer review journal. That should work well!
I was not entirely surprised by this response, having undertaken some follow-up research on the issue of arXiv censorship of non-approved authors or papers containing new physics. So apparently if you are not a member of an academic institution, or you are an academic but have some novel concepts that you wish to communicate to the scientific community, then arXiv don’t want to know. Just as well Einstein was not trying to publish his Special Theory of Relativity today!
I possibly spoke too soon. My attempt to post my latest paper was blocked by arXiv because I need an endorser. Although I have previously posted several papers to the arXiv, apparently because these were published some years ago, their new procedures require that I go through the same endorsement process as a new author.
Luckily I do still have several colleagues in the physics research community who were prepared to act as endorsers, one of whom kindly agreed to do so on this occasion. So I have now been able to post the paper to arXiv. Let’s see what happens next.