While I am re-writing our PING study to become a substantial target article, John is sending it to various journals in the mean time to poke about their editorial biases. Here’s a recent reply, which was thankfully quite up front about the bias:

From: Frontiers <noreply@frontiersin.org>
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 5:05 PM
To: j122177@hotmail.com
Subject: Rosemary Hopcroft via Frontiers: Decision on your manuscript

Rosemary Hopcroft has sent you a message. Please click ‘Reply’ to send a direct response

Dear Dr Fuerst,

This manuscript addresses a politically sensitive issue that I would prefer not to include in Frontiers in Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology.

Unfortunately, I have to inform you that your manuscript “Genetic ancestry, cognitive ability, and socioeconomic outcomes” cannot be accepted for publication in Frontiers in Sociology, section Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology.

The reason for this decision is:
Ethical issues were identified in this manuscript that prevent further review or publication.

I am sorry to reject this manuscript but it addresses a politically sensitive issue that I would prefer not to appear in Frontiers in Evolutionary Sociology and Biosociology.

PLEASE NOTE: Resubmission of any rejected manuscripts to a Frontiers Journal/Specialty must be accompanied by a section in the cover letter addressing the reasons for previous rejection and highlighting subsequent changes. Failure to do so can result in rejection before review.

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Rosemary Hopcroft
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