Thursday, July 1, 2010

Email: Journal of Applied Mathematics & Computing

I've just sent this. Prof. Muhammad Aslam Noor was one of the recipients. Oh, dear.

To the Editors-in-Chief, Advisory Editors, Associate Editors and Editorial Board of Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computing (JAMC), and to the publisher, Springer-Verlag:

Dear colleagues at JAMC and Springer,

It has come to our attention that Prof. Ji-Huan He is an Associate Editor of JAMC.

Allow me to advise you that listing Prof. He as an editor makes JAMC and Springer 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. The article "Integrity Under Attack: The State of Scholarly Publishing" by SIAM president Douglas N. Arnold is available in several languages.

Prof. 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 He's close association with the infamous and belligerently litigious crackpot Mohamed El Naschie. Ji-Huan 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, He has already been fired from quite a few editorial positions. The list grows monotonically:

Ji-Huan He is a crackpot with a penchant for inserting himself onto editorial boards and similar prestigious-sounding groups to pad his CV. For the most up-to-date and complete information, see Master list of Ji-Huan He's editorial positions.

For the reputations of JAMC and Springer, and in consideration of the feelings of the other editors 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.

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.

Update: Prof. Palle E.T. Jorgensen of the University of Iowa replied-all as follows:

I haven’t followed all the details, but I have read and am familiar with the article "Integrity Under Attack: The State of Scholarly Publishing" by SIAM president Douglas N. Arnold.

It is well researched, and well documented. And so we can rely on it. I will go with the conclusions from SIAM’s president Douglas N. Arnold.

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1 comment:

  1. El Naschie's Rosa Al-Youssef column is up for Friday, July 2. Culture Parents. Arabic or English.

    El Naschie tells a remarkable anecdote about a German Professor "Yiba" reputed to have a racist aversion to Arab students, and how El Naschie dealt with him. Google Translate is terrible, so please forgive me if I get this wrong. Arabic readers can perhaps clarify the story.

    After failing to answer several of the professor's hard questions, El Naschie changed the subject to art history (which had nothing to do with the examination) and showed he knew more than the professor. The professor was impressed by El Naschie's courage and strength of will, and, I take it, passed him.

    To me it sounds like the professor was appallingly irresponsible to pass him, but El Naschie seems to approve.