Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Elsevier interview in retrospect

On November 17, 2009, Richard Poynder on his blog Open and Shut? wrote an entry Chaos, Solitons & Fractals: Alive but quiescent concerning an interview he conducted with Elsevier's spokeswoman Shira Tabachnikoff. There was this exchange:

RP: And in the meantime, submissions to the journal have been closed?

ST: All the papers handled by Dr. El Naschie have now been published and nothing further will be published until the new editorial structure is in place. We are therefore not currently accepting any new submissions to the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals.

That was just about two months ago. Let us compare what ST said then with the situation as it exists today.

ST's assertion "All the papers handled by Dr. El Naschie have now been published" conflicts with the statement on the CS&F Web site saying "Currently we have many accepted Chaos, Solitons and Fractals papers waiting to be published."

And since there's no new Editor-in-Chief, as can also be checked, ST's assertion that "nothing further will be published until the new editorial structure is in place" has also turned out to be untrue: Semimonthly publication continued without hiatus, yielding fishwrappers Volume 42, Issue 4 (30 November 2009) and Volume 42, Issue 5 (15 December 2009).

Earlier Poynder links on the Elsevier business:

Translate English to Arabic

محمد النشائي El Naschie Watch محمد النشائي El Naschie News محمد النشائي
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائي


  1. My guess is that the CS&F Web site at just has not been updated recently.

    You can check the site of the online journal at - the last issue published is nominally Dec 15, 2009, and there is only one article left in the pipeline "Articles in Press", which for some curious reason has been available online since 24 October 2007 already. To me this looks as if the journal really has been frozen...

  2. Yes, the CS&F site may need an update. Elsevier reads this blog. Perhaps this post will serve as a reminder to update their Web site. But still, at the time ST said all papers had been published, it was not then true, nominally as you say.

    And I don't think a new Editor-in-Chief exists, which is a more serious problem than a stale Web page.

    We'll see whether Volume 43 appears.

    A halt in publication, I imagine, is seen by Elsevier as a more urgent problem than the poor quality of the papers in it, because they must provide CS&F to their subscribers to charge subscription fees.

  3. Marcelo Leite posted another article on El Naschie and Elsevier:


    (google translated)


  4. Damn, I think all those (...) are for missing content I need a subscription for. :(