Just one week after it was accepted for publication, the below study showing increased autism diagnoses in vaccinated children compared to unvaccinated children was pulled from the journal’s website. Please send the letter below to the publisher urging reinstatement of the study’s publication: firstname.lastname@example.org
I write to protest your ongoing censorship of legitimate scientific research accepted by one of your medical journals currently indexed in the US National Library of Medicine’s archives. That research lends credence to the fact that vaccines are causing the autism epidemic, a concern voiced repeatedly by President-Elect Donald Trump.
On November 28th, Frontiers in Public Health deleted the scientific abstract of Vaccination and Health Outcomes: A Survey of 6- to 12-year-old Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children based on Mothers’ Reports by Mawson et al. This study found that the odds of a diagnosis for autism or other related neurological disorder was significantly higher in vaccinated children than in unvaccinated children. The abstract was deleted after the study was already accepted for publication – a violation of your open access policies.
You are now considering blocking the paper’s publication even after post-peer review acceptance, thanks to online attacks from Twitter users who have neither read the study nor produced any inside knowledge about the study that would prove its findings to be invalid. You also lied to its readers that the publication was “provisionally accepted,” yet the abstract before it was deleted simply listed the study as “accepted” alongside a digital object identifier before it was taken down: http://www.autisminvestigated.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Screen-Shot-2016-11-28-at-09.36.00.png
Your guidelines also state that a study is not uploaded online until after final acceptance: http://home.frontiersin.org/about/review-system
Particularly disturbing is that this is happening in spite of the election of Donald Trump, who said in last year’s Republican Debate that “Autism has become an epidemic.” He subsequently elaborated:
“Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.
I only say it’s not — I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount.
But just in — in little sections. I think — and I think you’re going to have — I think you’re going to see a big impact on autism.”
This study helps confirm what President-Elect Trump expressed concerns about. The same Twitter users who slammed Mr. Trump for his vaccine remarks are also trying to bully you into not publishing this vaccinated versus unvaccinated study. Please do not let that happen.
Any journal or academic publisher that retroactively deletes a study accepted for publication from public domain and reverses its decision to publish based on political pressure from social media is undeserving of index in the National Library of Medicine. In January, President-Elect Trump will be in charge of all US federal agencies, including NLM that currently lists your publications.
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