Sunday, June 20, 2010

My email to RJAS, JEAS, and Medwell Journals

I just sent this.

To Director of Publications Dr. Muhammad Sohail of Medwell Journals, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Abdellatif Mtibaa of Research Journal of Applied Sciences (RJAS), and Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ibrahim Badran of Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences (JEAS):

Dear Colleagues at RJAS and JEAS,

It has come to our attention that the Dr. Ji-Huan He is on the Editorial Boards of RJAS and JEAS.

Allow me to advise you that listing Prof. Ji-Huan He as an editor makes RJAS, JEAS and Medwell Journals a tempting object of ridicule and butt of jokes.

Ji-Huan 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. That journal has been off-line since June 11 or earlier, due undoubtedly to Dr. He's disrepute, and it seems unlikely to return, at least with him at the helm.

He is at the center of a scandal 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. Fernández on Ji-Huan He in this regard. Also see Three cheers for Francisco M. Fernández! and Another Fernández review of Ji-Huan He's papers.

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". But El Naschie is widely known to be a huckster.

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), Computers and Mathematics with Applications (CMA), Mathematical Problems in Engineering (MPE), and the International Journal of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering (IJISCE). He is a crackpot with a penchant for inserting himself onto editorial boards and similar prestigious-sounding groups to pad his CV.

For the reputations of RJAS, JEAS and Medwell Journals, and in consideration of the feelings of the other members of the Editorial Boards who will surely not want to be associated with him, it would be prudent to remove Ji-Huan He.

Don't take my word for all this. Conduct your own investigation. Perhaps you might forward this email to the full Editorial Boards and ask their opinions.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Best regards,

Jason of El Naschie Watch

The Master list of Ji-Huan He's editorial positions has been updated.

Related post: The saga of an elusive Director of Publications

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  1. Hi Jason,
    Can you confirm if RJAS Medwell is an OFFICIAL publication journal?

    Thank you very much.


  2. Hello Dlanor,

    Regarding RJAS, in answer to your question here and in the Medwell Mystery post:

    Personally I have not read either of the Medwell journals that list Ji-Huan He, but I have been told the quality of papers is poor.

    Besides not publishing the affiliation or geographical location of their Director of Publications Dr. Sohail, they list only the countries and not the institutions of the editorial board members, and that is troubling. The most troubling thing, of course, is that they have not removed Ji-Huan He from their editorial board! I don't think all this rises to the level of fraud, but it shows bad judgment or careless indifference.

  3. "These guys publish articles of the poorest possible quality, and are giving scientific publishing a bad name" is what I was told.

  4. am not sure if this journal is real
    pls everyone must investigate this journal to know wether it is fake journal

  5. The Medwell journals are real but have a bad reputation.