I. Bohme Says:
March 24th, 2010 at 6:15 am
While welcoming two respectable scientists as new Editors-in-Chief for the leading Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons & Fractals it is regrettable that the journal narrowed its scope considerably and quite honestly to its disadvantage. We understand that a commercial publisher which Elsevier is may be quite sensitive to justified or unjustified criticism. What we cannot fathom is the strong reaction which Elsevier showed towards a rather cheap blogosphere campaign against certain journals owned by Elsevier including Chaos, Solitons & Fractals. All the allegations made were clearly inaccurate and motivated by rivalry and jealousy. The criticism was mainly directed against the Founding Editor in Chief Prof. M.S. El Naschie. In such circumstances why change the entire Editorial Board which included leading scientists and pioneers of nonlinear dynamics, fractal and chaos research such as Itamar Procaccia of Israel, Mitchel Feigenbaum, USA, James Yorke, USA, Otto Rossler, Germany and Laurent Nottale, France to mention only a few. Worse still why take out all the engineering? Chaos, Solitons & Fractals distinguished itself by mingling in measured doses mathematics, physics and engineering. The objective of the journal was always application. Complexity theory is simply a tool. To change Chaos, Solitons & Fractals to just another mathematical journal is extremely sad and will reduce it to just one of many. I have sufficient faith in Prof. Courbage and Prog. Grigolini who worked closely with one of the spiritual fathers of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine, to expect that they will remedy the situation and will restore Chaos, Solitons & Fractals to its past before the unhappy events connected to an unscientific campaign took place.
The question is not why they fired the whole editorial board, but why they continue CSF at all.
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائى