So, last night, Dr. Melba Ketchum's alleged peer reviewed paper was "leaked". According to a leaked email, the paper was accepted for "publication with revisions" in January 2013. This morning, after discovering that the reviews were leaked, Ketchum was pissed. She posted this on Facebook:
"I am so upset that the reviews got leaked. That means I was once again betrayed by an insider. On the up side, I feel a huge relief about it. Now I don't have to sit on this horrible secret anymore. The world now knows how unethically the scientific has behaved. It also knows that we DID pass peer review and with reviews that came from geneticists that work with whole genomes. At least that is what I was told." - Dr. Melba Ketchum
After a few hours of coming to terms with the leaked information, she followed up with this statement:
"Bottom line, Sasquatch exists. Scientifically proven and passed by peer review by other scientists."
For some, the "leak" may have been contrived. Steven Streufert, a very wise Bigfooter isn't buying any of it. He made the following comments on Facebook:
"Pretty clearly she leaked it, since she created the journal and made up the reviewers, don't you think?"
"And the stuff from NATURE... my friend tells me they would NEVER leak that kind of thing, not with their reputation and ethical standard. Clearly this came from the Ketchum camp. More fiction."
A blogger named Scott Carpenter was all giddy when he recieved the leaked peer review letter and claimed that Ketchum's paper did indeed pass peer review. His celebration ended rather quickly when a commenter posted this response:
"Scott, please. You are obviously not familiar with the peer review process. "Accept with revisions" means it did NOT pass. It means the revision has to address the points by the reviewers so that it can be accepted. After correction, addition, the review starts all over again. The outcome could still be "Nope, not like this". Besides, this information was out there in December last year already.
Source: I have published in journals myself. "
A screenshot of the leaked email is below, highlighted: "ACCEPTED for publication with revisions"