How did this all go down? Very unprofessionally, of course, with giant missteps, accusations of Big Science conspiracy and many aspersions cast. And, apparently, the new way to do communication in “science” is via Facebook posts. Who knew?
Igor Burtsev, a Russian Bigfoot/Yeti researcher who originally leaked the results of the study via his Facebook page declared this news:
Re the paper: the reviewed journals in the US refused to publish the paper. That is why Dr Ketchum has sent it to me to arrange publishing in any Russian reviewd journal. And I showed to our genetisits and understood that it was a serious work. I gave it up to the journal, now it’s under reviewing.
This was AWFULLY CONVENIENT. Show us the rejection notice. Because I can’t believe one word from any party in this circus.
There are at least two scenarios here. 1. Burtsev is a loose cannon. Or, 2. He is doing the work here to set the stage where the study was hyped, picked up by the media and then falls because of mean old American closed-minded science. He will redeem it in Russia where Bigfoot is welcomed with open arms.
His story does not now match with Melba’s own spokesperson (Robin Lynne) who says the paper is still in review and “very scientific”. And then, he doesn’t match his OWN story. From the Facebook page of Coalition for Reason, Science, Sanity in Bigfoot Research:
Burtsev does not understand how science works. It is not via democracy (this many people BELIEVE so it must be true). As I’ve said before, to make such an extraordinary claim is to put yourself out on a limb. This limb is cracking. Had this been a solid piece of work, with actual experts involved, it would have been published.
In addition, he mentions that there is a race to publish the paper. That is NOT done in American science. A journal will have exclusive publishing rights to a paper. This says oodles about Burtsev and perhaps the community they are now in with this study:
As the delays, secrecy and strange rumors continued to substitute for any solid information, it became crystal clear that this project is not quality science. It instead looks more like sham inquiry where they had the answer they wanted and worked backwards to get the desired result and maximum media attention. All of Dr. Ketchum’s associates, none of which are doing her any favors right now by talking, are Bigfoot believers. Burtsev thinks they are paranormal, dimension-shifting creatures. Robin Lynne thinks they live in her backyard. Some of us are dubious that there was a paper submitted to a journal at all and that there is a well-worn rumor that this hype will turn into nothing but a media platform for Ketchum.
Does this paper exist? Is this all an elaborate hoax? I have to side with Matt Moneymaker of Finding Bigfoot here who has for a while trumpeted that indeed it is a sham.
Bigfoot, once again, goes the “scientifical” route and does an end run around science protocol. Good luck ever being taken seriously, Dr. Ketchum. You have a huge hole to dig yourself out of.
Find the story here at Bigfoot Lunch Club and especially notice the graphic that accompanies it (includes a football).