As Robin would say to Batman, Holy Mackerel! Robert Lindsay, according to his various sources, today just announced that Dr. Melba Ketchum's Bigfoot DNA study may be published by tomorrow. This latest update is somewhat consistent within the time-frame that our source leaked to us earlier this week (We haven't reported this yet).
Here's what Lindsay wrote today on his blog post, Bigfoot News January 10, 2013:
Major news coming today on the Dr. Melba Ketchum Bigfoot DNA study, possible study publication tomorrow. There will be a press conference today regarding the Ketchum study. Ketchum and possibly others will be holding the conference. Presumably, the conference will be regarding the DNA paper. I would assume that publication is coming soon, possibly tomorrow. Recall that Sally Ramey warned us previously that when publication comes, there will be a press conference on the afternoon before, probably on a Thursday. Publication will follow, possibly on a Friday.
My sources in the Ketchum camp revealed to me recently a new publication date, which they put at January 5-15, 2013. They told me that they were told that the publication date was to be on January 5, but they thought that would not happen due to the fact that so many delays were occurring, so they thought it was more likely to occur between the 5th and 15th. Anyway, the 5th was on a Saturday, so that date did not make a lot of sense.
An hour ago, Eric Altman, director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society, updated his Facebook status with this tongue-in-cheek statement:
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE SOON!!! The members of the Super Secret Sasquatch Society have Earth shattering news that is gonna turn the Bigfoot world upside down! Details coming soon.... You won't believe it when you hear it, but I can assure everyone it's legit[Update] Altman tells us the statement above has nothing to do with Ketchum's study.
Last year, Ketchum's ex-publicist Salley Ramey wrote a piece about the publication process and what happens when the media gets a hold of the news. Here's what she wrote in her Facebook notes about the peer-review process:
Lots of people have recently been wondering about the process of publishing scientific papers. Here is the basic process, based on my experience doing PR in higher ed:
The researcher prepares a paper about their findings and submits it to a scientific journal for peer-review, which can take MONTHS. The paper is reviewed by a team of scientists with expertise in the discipline(s) involved in the researcher's work. They decide if the research was conducted according to standards and practices accepted by the scientific community, and review the findings to see if they pass muster. It's like a professor checking your work in college. If the review team has questions, they can ask the researcher to provide more info, run more tests, get someone else to run tests that replicate the work, etc. This can delay publication but it is sometimes necessary. ONLY after the review team is satisfied is the paper accepted for publication. Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is the scientific community's "stamp of approval" that the work is valid.
The journal must then figure out when to publish the paper. Some journals work weeks/months in advance, adding further delay. Some work faster, meaning that the paper might run within a few weeks. At some point, the researcher is notified that they have a "pub date." In my experience, you often only know about three weeks out when your paper will publish. Once there is a pub date, the researcher (typically university-based) works with their campus PR folks and the journal editorial and PR staff to be sure that images are prepared for publication, news releases are written and reviewed, and everyone is prepared for the announcement.
If the news is HUGE, the researcher will be interviewed by the science media, under a strict embargo, the week before the pub date. Most journals publish on Fridays and most embargos lift on Thursday afternoons. The science media, journal PR folks and university PR folks all post their stories and news releases upon the lifting of the embargo. This is why big science news seems to be posted everywhere at once. - it actually is.
If the story is HUGE HUGE HUGE, any news conference would be held when the embargo lifts, unless the journal allows it to happen early due to scheduling conflicts - the journal drives the schedule - no one else. And NO ONE can publicly discuss the paper, its pub date, what journal is involved, the findings or other contents in advance of the embargo or the journal will not publish the paper. This preserves the credibility and sanctity of the peer-review process. Hope this info is helpful.