It took a four-year ethics complaint process and more than ten years of waiting, but finally the current editor of the ASCE’s Journal of Engineering Mechanics has agreed to conduct a new review of a “discussion paper” by researchers Tony Szamboti and Richard Johns that was unfairly rejected by the journal’s former editors in 2013. Their grounds for rejecting the discussion paper was that it was “out of scope,” even though it was critiquing a paper published in the same journal.

Structural engineer Ronald H. Brookman writes in this new retrospective technical article:

“As I discovered through years of painstaking review of hundreds of documents after the final NCSTAR reports were released — indeed, four weeks was not enough — crucial structural information was omitted from NCSTAR 1-9 without explanation, and NIST’s collapse-initiation sequence for WTC 7 was based on speculation.”