Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Email to Ervin Y. Rodin and CMA Editorial Board

Here's what I said:

Dear Prof. Rodin and members of the Editorial Board of CMA,

It has come to our attention that one among you is Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai.

J-H He is notorious for gaming the impact factor of the International Journal of Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (IJNSNS) of which he is Editor-in-chief. He is at the center of a scandal in China for appropriating without attribution the work of Dr. Shijun Liao (homotopy analysis method or HAM), renaming it (homotopy perturbation method or HPM), and calling it his own. His work is not only unoriginal, it is of poor quality. Besides the previous link, see Francisco M. Fernandez on Ji-Huan He in this regard.

Most shocking is J-H He's close association with the infamous and belligerently litigious crackpot Mohamed El Naschie. J-H He calls El Naschie "one of this century's greatest scientists since Newton and Einstein" and says "El Naschie's theory will certainly lead to a Nobel Prize".

Prof. Rodin, if you are aware of these facts and still think J-H He deserves a place on the Editorial Board, well, CMA is your ship to scuttle. Editorial Board members, I urge you to ask Prof. Rodin to remove J-H He, because he makes you all a laughing stock.

Best regards,

Jason of El Naschie Watch

I sent it to everyone on the Editorial Board whose email address was listed:


Ervin Y. Rodin
Dept. of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University, Campus Box 1040, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
E-mail: cam@rodin.wustl.edu
Artificial intelligence, Differential games. Optimization, Transportation

Editorial Board

Ravi Agarwal
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), 150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901-6975, USA, Email: agarwal@fit.edu
Difference equations, Inequalities

John F. Ahner
Dept. of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, 1326 Stevenson Center, Nashville, TN 37240-0001, USA, Email: john.f.ahner@vanderbilt.edu
Scattering and potential theory, Integral equations

Mátyás Arató
Mathematical Institute, University of Debrecen, P.O. Box 12, H-4010 Debrecen, Hungary, Email: arato@inf.unideb.hu
Time series
Stochastic processes
Performance of computer systems

R.F. Arenstorf
Dept. of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, 1326 Stevenson Center, Nashville, TN 37240-0001, USA

Ivo Babuska
Texas Institute for Computational & Applied Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, Taylor Hall 2.400, Austin, TX 78712, USA, Email: Babuska@ices.utexas.edu

Nicola Bellomo
Dipto. di Matematica, Politecnico di Torino, corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy, Email: nicola.bellomo@polito.it
Kinetic Boltzman models, Mathematical immunology, Complex differential models

Achi Brandt
Dept. of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, P.O. Box 26, 76100 Rehovot, Israel, Email: achi.brandt@weizmann.ac.il
Mutiscale scientific computation

Nick J. Cercone
Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax, B3H 1W5, Canada, Email: nick@cs.dal.ca
Artificial intelligence, Computational linguistics

Philippe G. Ciarlet
Dept. of Mathematics, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong Hong Kong, Email: mapgc@cityu.edu.hk

Hirsh Cohen
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 11 Country Club Lane North, Scarborough, 10510, USA, Email: cohen@sloan.org

Leszek Demkowicz
Texas Institute for Computational & Applied Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, Taylor Hall 2.400, Austin, TX 78712, USA, Email: leszek@ices.utexas.edu
Adaptive finite and boundary element methods, Computational acoustics and electromagnetics

Peter J. Deuflhard
Informationstechnik, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für, Takustr. 7, 14195 Berlin, Germany, Email: deuflhard@zib.de
Scientific computing, Multilevel finite element methods

John R. Dormand
School of Comp. & Mathematics, University of Teesside, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 3BA, UK
Numerical methods for differential equations

Yu G. Evtushenko
Computer Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 40, 117966 Moscow, Russian Federation, Email: evt@ccas.ru
Nonlinear programming, Global optimization

Richard J. Fateman
Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, Soda Hall # 1776, Berkeley, CA 94720-1776, USA, Email: fateman@cs.berkeley.edu
Symbolic and algebraic computing, Compilers and language implementation, Data structures for scientific computing

H. Fujita
Dept. of Mathematics, School of Science and Technology, Meiji University, Higashimita Tama-ku, 214 Kawasaki, Japan

Efim A. Galperin
Dept. de Mathematiques, Université du Quebec à Montreal (UQAM), C.P. 8888 Succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal, H3C 3, Canada, Email: galperin.efim@uqam.ca
Nonconvex global optimization, Stability, control, and games

Apostolos Gerasoulis
Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers University, 110 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019, USA, Email: gerasoul@cs.rutgers.edu
Development of algorithms for parallel processing

Roland Glowinski
Department of Mathematics, University of Houston, 651 PGH, Houston, TX 77204-3008, USA, Email: roland@math.uh.edu
Scientific Computing, Numerical analysis

David Gottlieb
Div. of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 182 George Street, Providence, RI 02912, USA, Email: dig@cfm.brown.edu
Numerical methods, Spectral methods for PDE's

Leslie F. Greengard
Courant Inst. of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, 251 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012, USA, Email: greengard@cims.nyu.edu
numerical methods, Potential theory, Integral equations, Fast algorithms

John W. Grove
Group X-HM, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS D413, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA, Email: jgrove@lanl.gov
Computational fluid dynamics, Partial differential equations

Ji-Huan He
Modern Textile Institute, Donghua University, 1882 Yan'an Xilu Road, 200051 Shanghai, China, Email: jhhe@dhu.edu.cn

James M. Hyman
T-7, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS B284, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA, Email: jh@lanl.gov
Partial differential equations, Adaptive grid methods

E.F. Infante
College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt University, 301 Kirkland Hall, Nashville, TN 37240, USA

Masao Iri
Dept. of Information & System Engineering, Chuo University, 1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, 112 Tokyo, Japan
Graphs--networks--matroids, Combinational optimization, Automatic differential and sensitivity analysis

I. Norman Katz
Dept. of Systems Science and Mathematics, Washington University, Campus Box 1040, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA, Email: katz@zach.wustl.edu
Computational mathematics, p and h-p versions of the finite element method, Numerical solutions of Hamilton-Jacobi equations, Locational equilibrium problems

Nancy Kopell
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, Boston University, 111 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Fields of specialization: oscillatory networks, CPGs, geometric dynamical systems

Peter Lax
Email: lax@cims.nyu.edu
All submissions intended for Professor Lax are to be sent to the office of the Editor-in-Chief. Numerical analysis, Partial differential equations

E. Stanley Lee
Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Kansas State University, 237 Dunstan Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA, Email: eslee@ksu.edu
Operations research, Uncertainty reasoning, Optimization and decision making

Ding Lee
Dept. of Computer Science & Mathematics, Yale University, 51 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06520-8285, USA, Email: DingLee1@aol.com
Numerical analysis, Computational acoustics

Stefan Mittnik
Inst. of Statistics and Econometrics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), Olshausenstr. 40, 24098 Kiel, Germany, Email: mittnik@stat-econ.uni-kiel.de
Econometrics, Time series analysis, Financial modeling

Alexander Novikov
Steklov Inst. of Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 8, Gubkina Street, 117 966 GSP-1 Moscow, Russian Federation, Email: alex.novikov@uts.edu.au

Patrick Odell
Baylor University, P.O. Box 97328, Waco, TX 76798, USA, Email: Pat_Odell@baylor.edu
Matrix theory, Multivariate statistical analysis, statistical modelling

J. Tinsley Oden
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station (C0200), Austin, TX 78712-0027, USA, Email: oden@ices.utexas.edu
Mathematics of finite elements

Steven A. Orszag
Department of Mathematics, Yale University, P.O. Box 208283, New Haven, 06520-8283, USA, Email: orszag@math.yale.edu
Numerical analysis, Fluid dynamcis

Eduardo L. Ortiz
Mathematics Dept., Imperial College of Science & Technology, Huxley Bldg., Queen's Gate, London, SW7 2BZ, UK, Email: e.ortiz@imperial.ac.uk
Tau method and related techniques

Shunji Osaki
Dept. of Mathematicl Sciences, Nanzan University, 466-8673 Nagoya, Japan, Email: shunji@it.nanzan-u.ac.jp
Stochastic models

Victor Y. Pan
Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468, USA, Email: victor.pan@lehman.cuny.edu
Algorithms, Algebraic computation, Numerical computation

Linda Petzold
Dept. Mechanical & Environm. Engin., University of California, Engr. 2 Building, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070, USA, Email: petzold@engineering.ucsb.edu

K. Rajagopal
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 3123 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3123, USA, Email: krajagopal@tamu.edu
(Non-Linear Fluid Phenomena)

Martin H. Schultz
Yale University, P.O. Box 2158, Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520, USA, Email: schultz-martin@yale.edu
J.F. Traub
Computer Science Department, Columbia University, 1214 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 0401, New York, NY 10027, USA, Email: traub@cs.columbia.edu

Shuning Wang
Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing, China
Papers for submission to CAMWA from authors in the P.R. China may be addressed to: Nina Yang (Nina.Yang@elsevier.com), Elsevier Beijing Representative Office, Product Development Coordinator, Publishing Support Office, 18-8A, Tower E3, The Towers, Oriental Plaza No. 1, East Chang an Ave., Dong Deng District, Beijing 100738, China

Tarynn M. Witten
Ctr. for the Study of Biological Complexity, SCU Life Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Suite 111, 1000 W.Cary Street, PO Box 842030, Richmond, 23284, USA, Email: twitten@vcu.edu
Math. Biology/Biomathematics, Cell and Tissue, Kinetics/Dynamics, Gerontology/Geriatrics/Healthcare Modeling. Math. Biology/Biomathematics, Computer Medicine/Medical Modeling and Simulation, Population Biology/Demography, Cell and Tissue Kinetics/Dynamics, Gerontology/Geriatrics/Healthcare Modeling

None of the emails immediately bounced as undeliverable. Rodin's returned an automatic acknowledgment.

UPDATE: Ji-Huan He loses a third editorial position

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  1. "Computers & Mathematics with Applications" is an obviously legit journal. Its rather broad "Aims & Scope" statement makes it hard to evaluate the quality & suitability of some articles in it. But the editorial board includes many very prominent applied mathematicians. (At least according to the Elsevier web site, which might be a bit out of date; e.g., Prof. Gottlieb passed away in December 2008.) Surely, many of these editors have read Arnold's SIAM piece & know about Prof. He's impact factor manipulations. Your letter will probably motivate them to do something about it (if He is still on the board).

  2. Thank you for commenting. Indeed, CMA is a legitimate journal, which is why He's editorship is so shocking.

    None of the recipients of my email have responded to it so far, but I see from the visitors log that quite a few of them are browsing El Naschie Watch.

  3. CMA is definitely legitimate. It is a common outlet for operations research papers that don't quite make the cut for the top handful of journals. Not first-rate material, but definitely well-known, and not badly regarded.

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  5. I'm late to the game, but I'd like to kindly disagree that CMA or any of Rodin's other two journals at (surprise!) Elsevier are legitimate. I often browse their Articles In Press queues in order to find egregiously wrong papers to laugh at. I'm never disappointed.

    But to the point: I think the present readers will be interested to learn about more wrong and ludicrous research in Ervin Rodin's esteemed dumping-ground journals (Appl. Math. Lett.).



    I recommend the Retraction Watch blog to all El Naschie Watch enthusiasts. It contains a lot of insight into how scientific publishing is failing science, a topic commonly discussed here.

  6. Retraction Watch is a fun blog, and right up our alley! I will check it regularly. In defense of Rodin and CMA... at least they do retractions. That's more than can be said of CSF under El Naschie or IJNSNS under He.

  7. Here's a bombshell. After the Esteemed E. Y. Rodin sacked J.-H. He from the CM&A board to shape up appearances, today I find that J.-H. He has guest edited the latest CM&A issue: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=PublicationURL&_cdi=5620&_pubType=J&_auth=y&_acct=C000052790&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=1458830&md5=0609ffc5447be8a9441c6d0b611a2357&jchunk=61#61

    I am unable to resolve the chicken-and-egg problem of does Elsevier corrupt its journal editors or are they this corrupt when Elsevier hires them, in turn making Elsevier look bad? Maybe it's both things at the same time.

  8. For the record, J.-H. He's affiliation is listed as:
    Ji-Huan He
    National Engineering Laboratory for Mordern Silk, College of Textile and Engineering, Soochow University, 199 Ren-ai Road, Suzhou 215123, China Modern Textile Institute, Donghua University, 1882 Yan-an Xilu Road, Shanghai 200051, China E-mail address: hejihuan@suda.edu.cn.

  9. I am at a loss to explain why Rodin would do that! Thank you for pointing that out. I will blog it.