Thursday, July 8, 2010

Email to the Begell House journals JPM and STRPM

I just sent this using email addresses compiled by Shrink, supplemented with publisher contact information from the Begell House Web site. For context, refer to #37 and #38 on the master list.

To Editor-in-Chief Kambiz Vafai of Journal of Porous Media (JPM) and Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media -- An International Journal (STRPM), and to both Editorial Advisory Boards, and to the publisher, Begell House Inc.

Dear colleagues at JPM, STRPM and Begell House Inc,

The Begell House Web site shows Prof. Ji-Huan He to be on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Journal of Porous Media (JPM) and Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media -- An International Journal (STRPM).

The sad truth is that this makes JPM, STRPM and Begell House Inc look laughable. Scientists and academics all over the world read our blog and will be aware of this.

At least you deserve credit for not having Dr. Mohamed El Naschie on your editorial boards; he's even worse. But we shall have more to say about El Naschie below, because El Naschie and He are as thick as thieves.

Ji-Huan He and Mohamed El Naschie are notorious for gaming the impact factor of the journals International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation (IJNSNS) of which He is Editor-in-Chief, and Chaos, Solitons and Fractals for which El Naschie used to be Editor-in-Chief but from whose editorial board He and El Naschie were fired by the publisher, Elsevier. To read about their dishonest impact factor manipulations, see the article Integrity Under Attack: The State of Scholarly Publishing by SIAM president Douglas N. Arnold, in particular the green-colored paragraphs. It 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. Our blog El Naschie Watch is devoted to him and his followers such as Prof. He.

Fortunately for the integrity of scholarly publishing, Ji-Huan He has already been fired from quite a few editorial positions. The list keeps growing:

Ji-Huan He is a crackpot with an almost superhuman ability to insert himself into numerous 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 reputation of JPM, STRPM and Begell House Inc, 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 scrub Ji-Huan He from your Web site and journals.

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

UPDATE: President of Begell House has had enough

Translate English to Arabic
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