We were surprised and very disappointed to read the negative review of Fleischer’s Glossary of Mineral Species 2004. When the senior author questioned the editor about the review and certain inaccuracies in it, he received the reply that book review section is considered an “open forum”. Book reviews do not enjoy the same peer-review process as articles. Thus, although we have much more important things to do, we felt it important to reply to some points of Dr. Bayliss’ review, so we now enter this “open forum”. A colleague who has no connection with the “Fleischer” sent us...

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