Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals lives again

Thanks to an alert reader for the headsup.

As a reader pointed out, it's hard to repair the reputation of a sullied journal.

And surely any paper that's any good will be submitted to some other journal, leaving CSF with crap.

It's hard to imagine anyone subscribing to CSF for its own sake.

So why is Elsevier reanimating the corpse of CSF? They must really want the fees they get from bundling it with better offerings.


Here is the news announcement datelined Amsterdam, 16 March 2010:

Prof. Courbage and Prof. Grigolini New Co-Editors-in-Chief of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals

Amsterdam, 16 March 2010 - Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, announced today that Prof. Maurice Courbage [a coauthor of El Naschie's "teacher" Ilya Prigogine by the way] (Université Denis Diderot - Paris 7) and Prof. Paolo Grigolini (University of North Texas, USA) have been appointed as the new Co-Editors-in-Chief of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals.

Prof. Courbage works in the Theory of Complex Systems research group of the Université Denis Diderot - Paris 7. His research interests include nonlinear science and complexity, including quantum and classical statistical mechanics, neurodynamics, ergodic theory and cellular automata. Prof. Grigolini is a member of the Center for Nonlinear Science at the University of Texas where he works on quantum mechanics, statistical physics, complex networks and biological systems, in particular the complexity in neurophysiological processes.

In addition to the two new co-Editors-in-Chief, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals has refined its Aims & Scope, which now center on the interdisciplinary theme of complexity. The journal has also undergone some changes in the editorial structure. Regular articles, letters and reviews, as well as “Frontiers” papers, up-to-date overviews of a particular field, will be the main article types throughout the journal. The journal also has a new look, including the cover and will be published in two column formatting. Submissions will be accepted shortly at

“It is our ambition to develop Chaos, Solitons & Fractals into a leading journal in the exciting field of complexity”, commented Prof. Grigolini.

Prof. Courbage added, “One of the main hallmarks of the journal will be the interdisciplinarity of complex systems. We are pleased to be joined by some excellent editorial board members, who will be instrumental in attracting leading authors in the field.”


Here is the new vision for CSF from their Web site:

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals open for new submissions

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Maurice Courbage and Prof. Paolo Grigolini have taken office as co-Editors-in-Chief of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals: the interdisciplinary journal of Nonlinear Science, and Nonequilibrium and Complex Phenomena. They are assisted in their editorial duties by a renewed Editorial Board, consisting of excellent scientists from the different fields covered by the journal.

The appointment of Profs. Courbage and Grigolini marks a number of changes to the journal, including a refined Aims & Scope, a new layout, and new manuscript types. Furthermore the editorial process, including submission and peer-review arrangements, has been reviewed. In this announcement we would like to inform you about these changes and outline our editorial policies.

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals is currently accepting new manuscripts via the electronic submission system at

Aims & Scope

The Aims & Scope have been narrowed to strengthen the focus and identity of the journal:

"Chaos, Solitons & Fractals aims to be a leading journal in the interdisciplinary field of Nonlinear Science, and Nonequilibrium and Complex Phenomena. It encourages the submission of articles on the following subjects in this field: dynamics; non-equilibrium processes in physics, chemistry and geophysics; complex matter and networks; mathematical models; computational biology; applications to quantum and mesoscopic phenomena; fluctuations and random processes; self-organization; social phenomena; and engineering. Contributions on both fundamental and applied studies are welcome."

Manuscript types

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals will publish regular articles, letters and reviews, as well as "Frontiers" papers: concise, up-to-date overviews of a particular field within the scope of the journal. These overviews will highlight recent developments and outline future challenges. We strive to make these reviews a prime resource for the broad community.

Electronic submission

We are happy to report that online submission using the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is now available for Chaos, Solitons & Fractals at
. This system facilitates communication among editors, reviewers, and authors, and ensures a rapid and transparent editorial process. Further information on EES may be found at the following URL:

Peer-review policy

Newly submitted manuscripts will first be screened by the co-Editors-in-Chief and the Managing Editor. Manuscripts may be rejected at this stage if they are of insufficient quality or outside the scope of the journal. Manuscripts that do meet the minimal requirements for publication are assigned to one of the co-Editors-in-Chief, who sends the manuscript out for review. Reviewers are selected by the co-Editor-in-Chief on the basis of their expertise, their availability, and such as to avoid possible conflicts of interest. A reviewer is asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound, original, relevant, clear, whether it correctly references previous work, and whether it falls within the scope of the journal. The decision to accept or reject the manuscript, or to ask for a revision, lies with the handling co-Editor-in-Chief.

For a rapid editorial process, reviewers are asked to review regular papers within 4 weeks, letters and mini-reviews within 3 weeks, and reviews within 8 weeks.

Publication ethics

As per January, 2008, all Elsevier journals have become members of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics. Elsevier's ethical guidelines and policy directives are described in the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK), to be found at:

In keeping with Elsevier's guidelines on potential editorial conflicts of interest, manuscripts (co-)authored by one of the co-Editor-in-Chief will be handled fully by the other co-Editor-in-Chief in an undisclosed review process. Similar disclosure arrangements are made in the case of Associate Editors (co-)authoring a manuscript.

Ethical guidelines for authors include disclosure of funding and of any actual or potential conflict of interest. Please refer to the Guide for Authors for more detail.


We are committed to the quality, efficiency, and transparency of the editorial process. To substantiate this ambition, every year's final volume of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals will contain an overview of performance indicators, such as the total number of submitted papers and the rejection ratio.
Hide Aims & Scope

M. Courbage
P. Grigolini


They did a thorough cleanup of the editorial board, kicking out Ji-Huan He et al. In fact it looks like a clean sweep.

Editorial Board

M. Courbage
Theory of Complex Systems, Université Denis Diderot (Paris VII), Paris 7 Paris, France
P. Grigolini
Dept. of Physics, Ctr. for Nonlinear Science and, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA

Editorial Board Members
R.E. Amritkar
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India
C. Beck
Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK
S. Boettcher
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
N.I. Chernov
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
D.R. Chialvo
Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
P. Collet
Centre de Physique Theorique, Palaiseau, France
J.-L. Deneubourg
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Bruxelles, Belgium
A. Destexhe
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Gif-sur-Yvette, France
K. Khanin
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
F. Mainardi
Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
A.E. Motter
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
V. Nekorkin
Russian Academy of Sciences, Novgorod, Russian Federation
F. Pellicano
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
A. Prasad
University of Delhi, Delhi, India
A. Provenzale
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), Bologna, Italy
L.E. Reichl
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
L.S. Tsimring
University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
G. Werner
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
B.J. West
Duke University, Dunham, NC, USA
L.S. Young
New York University, New York, NY, USA

Founding Editor:
M.S. El Naschie


From Google's cache, for comparison:

Editorial Board

Founding Editor:
M.S. El Naschie

Honorary Editor:
Hao Bai-Lin
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Academia Sinica, PO Box 2735, Beijing 100080, PRC

Regional Editors:Australia
G.C. Joshi
School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia

J.-H. He
P.O. Box 471, College of Science, Donghua University, 1882 Yan'an Xilu Road, Shanghai 200051, China, Email:
B.G. Sidharth
B.M. Birla Science Center, Adarshnagar, Hyderabad 500063, India, Email:

G. Iovane
Department of Eng. Information & Mathematical Application (DIIMA), University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano (Sa), Italy, Email:
W. Martienssen
Physikalisches Institut der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Max von Laue Strasse 1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Email:
M. Wadati
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tokyo University of Science, 1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-8601, Japan, Email:

Associate Editors:

Symplecticity and Solitary waves:
Th. Bridges
University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 5XH, UK

Quantum Chaos:
G. Casati
Universita Degli Study Di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisica, Via Celoria 16, 20133 Milano, Italy

Probabilistic Methods in Mechanics:
I. Elishakoff
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Applied Stochastic Research, Florida Atlantic University, PO Box 3091, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991, USA

Solitons and Turbulence
M.A. Helal
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Chaos & Physiology:
A.V. Holden
Centre for Nonlinear Studies, The University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

Chaos in Engineering:
T. Kapitaniak
Technical University of Lodz, Division of Dynamics, Stefanowskiego 1/15, 90-924 Lodz, Poland

Fractals Structures and Harmonic Analysis
C. Karanikas
Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece

Fractals & Physics and Astronomy:
L. Nottale
CNRS, DAEC, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, F-92195 Meudon Principal Cedex, France

Quantum Mechanics and Fractals:
G.N. Ord
Dept of Maths, Physics & Computer Science (MPCS), Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3, Canada

H.O. Peitgen
Institut für Dynamische Systeme, Universität Bremen, Bibliothestr. 1, D-28353 Bremen 33, Germany

Dynamical Systems and Neural Networks:
V. Sree Hari Rao
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Fellow of Forum D'Analystes, Department of Mathematics, Hyderabad 500072 (AP), India

Chaos in Civil Engineering:
G. Rega
Università Degli Studi di Roma, Dipartimento di Ingegheria Strutturale e Geotechnica, Via A. Gramsci, 53-00197, Roma, Italy

R. Seydel
Universitat zu Koln, Mathematisches Institut, Weyertal 86-90, D-50931 Koln

Nonlinear dynamics in social sciences:
M. Sonis
Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, 52900 Ramat - GAN, Israel

K. Svozil
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Universitat Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10/136, A-1040 Wien, Austria

Econometrics and statistics:
S. Yousefi
P. Box 20, DK-5884, Denmark

Honorary Editorial Board:
S. Al Athel
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
A.A. Ashour
Cairo, Egypt
M. Feigenbaum
W. Greiner
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Y.H. Ichikawa
Aichi, Japan
R.M. May
Oxford, UK
G. Nicolis
Brussels, Belgium
I. Procaccia
Rehovot, Israel
T. Puu
Umeå, Sweden
O.E. Rössler
Tübingen, Germany
Y. Ueda
Waseda, Japan
J. Yorke


Here is today's post by Philip Davis about the relaunch at Scholarly Kitchen: Controversial Math Journal Relauches: New Editors, Focus on Rigorous Review

Previous CSF post:

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  1. A number of prominent, completely legit scientists on the new board. One has to wonder whether all of them know about the whole controversy.

    It would have been wiser to let CSF die...

  2. I wish I had the letters they sent to the old and new board members.

    It's funny they are changing everything but the name of the journal. Even the layout. I suppose they are keeping the name so that they don't have to give subscriber refunds.

  3. Le roi est mort, vive le roi.

  4. Hi Jason
    You can give a look at

    where you find a comment of Bohme (El naschie's sockpuppet)

  5. Great find! I will blog it.

  6. It would appear that C,S&F ( ) has only 2 papers ready for its January 2011 issue!

    I would hope this is because no one wants to submit their work to be drowned in this cesspool.

    It is curios whether C,S&F will follow the fate of the Elsevier Journal on Algorithms. The editorial board of the latter quit in 2003 over a dispute with Elsevier about its price gouging (see ). The journal limped from 2003 to 2010 publishing about a dozen papers a year (down from 4 to 5 times that prior to 2003). Elsevier shut it down in 2010 ( ).

    We can only hope this ugly chapter in nonlinear science is closed promptly by the shuttering of C,S&F.