On March 2, 2009 Elsevier announced the retirement of El Naschie as Editor-in-Chief.
Today their Web site still says
We would like to inform you that Dr. M.S. El Naschie has retired as Editor-in-Chief for Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. Elsevier is currently working with the editorial board and other advisors to identify a new editor, as well as reviewing the aims and scope of the journal, the editorial policies and submission arrangements.
Currently we have many accepted Chaos, Solitons and Fractals papers waiting to be published. We feel it is inappropriate to keep scientists waiting too long before their research paper is published and therefore, for the moment, we are not accepting any new submissions to the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals.
We trust you understand our decision and we hope you will find another suitable journal for publication of your research paper (please have a look at: www.elsevier.com). We apologise for any inconvenience and please do consider us again for your next upcoming research paper.
There is still no Editor-in-Chief. They are still not accepting new papers. They are still busy publishing the backlog of papers already accepted for publication under El Naschie's tenure. There's no indication how much longer this is going to go on. El Naschie's reputation for peer-review avoidance sullies the pipelined papers whether they deserve it or not.
So it's not a healthy journal from the academic standpoint. Impact factor notwithstanding, LOL.
In light of Douglas N. Arnold's SIAM News piece, it seems inadvisable to keep Ji-Huan He on the Editorial Board.
On the other hand there's so far not been any apparent mass refusal by libraries to accept the $4,520.00 fishwrap. If it ain't broke don't fix it, Elsevier?
I've just noticed a germane comment at Derek Lowe's Pipeline. He's talking about a far-fetched medicinal chemistry paper:
No offense intended, but El Sevier journals collectively have much looser standards for peer review than other journals, it doesn't surprise me that this got approved. I mean, you can publish in Tet Lett with absolutely no supporting information. That's practically begging people to make stuff up and submit it to pad their resume (which sadly, I think a lot of people do).
Again, this fuels my denouncement of the current peer review process as nothing more than backscratching between colleagues. I shouldn't be able to have this tirade this often, it's getting ridiculous.
Posts about Ji-Huan He:
- Status report on the Ji-Huan He project
- SIAM president attacks El Naschie and Ji-Huan He!
- Master list of Ji-Huan He's editorial positions
- Francisco M. Fernández on Ji-Huan He
- Another Fernández review of Ji-Huan He's papers
- A supporter of Ji-Huan He speaks up
- In defense of Prof. Ji-Huan He
- El Naschie, Ji-Huan He, and nanotechnology
- Guess who's looking for Ji-Huan He
- Can't pull the wool over Fred's eyes
- Another Chaos, Solitons and Fractals liability
- huān yíng nín, xiāng gǎng !
- Science prize prediction posted on the Internet
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