Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My email to Mathematical Problems in Engineering

I've just sent this.

Mathematical Problems in Engineering (MPE)
Editor-in-Chief José Manoel Balthazar
Associate Editors

Dear Prof. Balthazar and Associate Editors of MPE,

One of the Associate Editors of MPE, Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai, is guilty of academic misconduct.

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. Also see Three cheers for Francisco M. Fernandez!

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".

Appropriately, J-H He has been fired from editorial positions at Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF), the Arab Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences (AJMMS), and Computers and Mathematics with Applications (CMA).

Prof. Balthazar, if you are aware of these facts and still think J-H He deserves a place on the Editorial Board of MPE, you can make that choice, but your reputation and that of your journal are at risk. We have done our best to warn you. Associate Editors, I urge you to ask Prof. Balthazar to do the right thing and remove Prof. He from his Associate Editor position. Your reputations are also at risk.

Best regards,

Jason of El Naschie Watch

All but four of the email addresses I Googled up for Associate Editors were deliverable.

UPDATE THURSDAY JUNE 10: Zahy noticed that Ji-Huan He has been removed from the MPE editorial board. His name used to appear between Oded Gottlieb and Katica R. (Stevanovic) Hedrih. This is his fourth editorial board removal.

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  1. In a "reply-all" that includes me, Prof. Balthazar has asked the MPE editors to investigate the truth of these assertions.

  2. Editorial board member D. Dane Quinn has responded with a reply-all of his own saying that the matter should be investigated but not rely only upon my email. Jose Balthazar concurs. The board will conduct an independent investigation and then make an informed recommendation.

  3. Arnold's piece should be enough to rely on.

  4. Dear Jason,
    I have looked at the list of editorial board of the Mathematical Problems in Engineering (MPE) journal. Ji Huan He is not the list
    Are you sure he was in the list. It might they have taken your advice and fired him without informing you.

  5. Zahy, yes, he was between these two names as I can see in the cached page:

    Oded Gottlieb, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
    Katica R. (Stevanovic) Hedrih, Mathematical Institute SANU, Belgrade, Serbia

    So that's the fourth editorial position he's been fired from. I will blog it.