Monday, September 20, 2010

The Alexandria University saga continues

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It's rather an embarrassing situation.


Richard Holmes has a new post up about this, Alexandria Gets the News. The Times Higher Education (THE) world ranking of universities placed Egypt's Alexandria University fourth in the world in research impact due to El Naschie's self-citation shenanigans. Research impact affects the overall ranking, and so Alexandria University came in at 147th in the world, overall. No disrespect to Alexandria University, but that's much too high.

Faculty and administrators are expressing pride at the outcome, and not mentioning El Naschie.

I wish the great man would write about this in his Rosa Al Youssef column.

UPDATE: Check out this comment from Martin_H at The Student Room. He does not mince words in referring to

Mohamed El Naschie, who happens to be a well-known crook


Bingo.

UPDATE: I am trying to post the following as a comment on this post, but it's not working because the blogger software sucks:

Shrink, I just posted the following over there and it awaits approval. (I got a "request too large" error when I clicked Submit, so I hope it reaches him.)




Hello, Regarding Mohamed El Naschie.

First of all, please briefly skim this before continuing on to the rest of my comment: Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie.

You must understand that he is completely fake. He is a notorious huckster. His nonsense papers masquerade as mathematical or theoretical physics, but he has no math or physics degree, not even an undergraduate one. Almost all his papers were published in his own personal vanity journal, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF), of which he was the founder and Editor-in-Chief before being fired by the publisher Elsevier.

El Naschie calls himself a professor, but he isn't one. For years he claimed affiliation with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge. Prof. Michael Green of Cambridge caught wind of this and in September 2000 had him banned from the arXiv.

Alexandria University's rankings of #4 for research impact, and #147 overall are purely the result of a citation scam coordinated with the almost equally infamous Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai.

Free University of Brussels has not confirmed El Naschie ever had a position there pursuant to my inquiries. It is very unlikely. No claim of El Naschie's regarding affiliation with any university should be believed without the word of the university.

Prof. Tarek Ibrahim of the physics dept. at University of Alexandria called El Naschie's papers "meaningless".

There is a natural desire to assume the best about people; to give them the benefit of the doubt. In the case of the THE university rankings, that desire manifests itself in a tendency to muse about statistical procedures and weighting factors as causes for anomalous rankings like Alexandria's. But it is leading many people astray, I am sorry to say. This outcome is entirely the result of intentional fraud on an enormous scale, by a specific person, Mohamed S. El Naschie.

About the El Naschie/He citation scam:

Christoph Drösser on impact-factor manipulation

Professor Hes Zitate-Farm (PDF in German)

SIAM president attacks El Naschie and Ji-Huan He!

Integrity Under Attack: The State of Scholarly Publishing (PDF), by SIAM president Douglas N. Arnold is available in several languages. (A commenter above me gave an alternative link to this piece.)





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20 comments:

  1. This is too sad and embarrassing. I lived five wonderful years in this building in the picture and it feels horrible to see my home being that famous in the wrong way. I hope a decent faculty member speaks out about it soon. I believe there still are many.

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  2. I know there are. And the people quoted may not have known about the El Naschie situation. I will email some key people over there.

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    1. Is Iman Al-Gamal behind all this? I hope not!

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  3. Richard wants some clarification about the affiliations (Free University of Brussels, DAMTP Cambridge and the University of Surrey) of the Great Man:

    http://rankingwatch.blogspot.com/2010/09/back-to-citations-i-was-hoping-to-get.html

    Evidently he's not able to realize that it's about bogus/nonexistent affiliations (regarding DAMTP he's not aware of the Castro's case at arxiv). Maybe we should address his attention to some posts on this blog regarding this topic.

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  4. Shrink, I just posted the following over there and it awaits approval. (I got a "request too large" error when I clicked Submit, so I hope he got it.)

    Hello, Regarding Mohamed El Naschie.

    First of all, please briefly skim this before continuing on to the rest of my comment: Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie.

    You must understand that he is completely fake. He is a notorious huckster. His nonsense papers masquerade as mathematical or theoretical physics, but he has no math or physics degree, not even an undergraduate one. Almost all his papers were published in his own personal vanity journal, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF), of which he was the founder and Editor-in-Chief before being fired by the publisher Elsevier.

    El Naschie calls himself a professor, but he isn't one. For years he claimed affiliation with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge. Prof. Michael Green of Cambridge caught wind of this and in September 2000 had him banned from the arXiv.

    Alexandria University's rankings of #4 for research impact, and #147 overall are purely the result of a citation scam coordinated with the almost equally infamous Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai.

    Free University of Brussels has not confirmed El Naschie ever had a position there pursuant to my inquiries. It is very unlikely. No claim of El Naschie's regarding affiliation with any university should be believed without the word of the university.

    Prof. Tarek Ibrahim of the physics dept. at University of Alexandria called El Naschie's papers "meaningless".

    There is a natural desire to assume the best about people; to give them the benefit of the doubt. In the case of the THE university rankings, that desire manifests itself in a tendency to muse about statistical procedures and weighting factors as causes for anomalous rankings like Alexandria's. But it is leading many people astray, I am sorry to say. This outcome is entirely the result of intentional fraud on an enormous scale, by a specific person, Mohamed S. El Naschie.

    About the El Naschie/He citation scam:

    Christoph Drösser on impact-factor manipulation

    Professor Hes Zitate-Farm (PDF in German)

    SIAM president attacks El Naschie and Ji-Huan He!

    Integrity Under Attack: The State of Scholarly Publishing (PDF), by SIAM president Douglas N. Arnold is available in several languages. (A commenter above me gave an alternative link to this piece.)

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  5. Shrink, I just posted the following over there and it awaits approval. (I got a "request too large" error when I clicked Submit, so I hope it reaches him.)

    Hello, Regarding Mohamed El Naschie.

    First of all, please briefly skim this before continuing on to the rest of my comment: Introduction to Mohamed El Naschie.

    You must understand that he is completely fake. He is a notorious huckster. His nonsense papers masquerade as mathematical or theoretical physics, but he has no math or physics degree, not even an undergraduate one. Almost all his papers were published in his own personal vanity journal, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF), of which he was the founder and Editor-in-Chief before being fired by the publisher Elsevier.

    El Naschie calls himself a professor, but he isn't one. For years he claimed affiliation with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge. Prof. Michael Green of Cambridge caught wind of this and in September 2000 had him banned from the arXiv.

    Alexandria University's rankings of #4 for research impact, and #147 overall are purely the result of a citation scam coordinated with the almost equally infamous Prof. Ji-Huan He of Donghua University in Shanghai.

    Free University of Brussels has not confirmed El Naschie ever had a position there pursuant to my inquiries. It is very unlikely. No claim of El Naschie's regarding affiliation with any university should be believed without the word of the university.

    Prof. Tarek Ibrahim of the physics dept. at University of Alexandria called El Naschie's papers "meaningless".

    There is a natural desire to assume the best about people; to give them the benefit of the doubt. In the case of the THE university rankings, that desire manifests itself in a tendency to muse about statistical procedures and weighting factors as causes for anomalous rankings like Alexandria's. But it is leading many people astray, I am sorry to say. This outcome is entirely the result of intentional fraud on an enormous scale, by a specific person, Mohamed S. El Naschie.

    About the El Naschie/He citation scam:

    Christoph Drösser on impact-factor manipulation

    Professor Hes Zitate-Farm (PDF in German)

    SIAM president attacks El Naschie and Ji-Huan He!

    Integrity Under Attack: The State of Scholarly Publishing (PDF), by SIAM president Douglas N. Arnold is available in several languages. (A commenter above me gave an alternative link to this piece.)

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  6. Great, Jason! If the submission of the comment fails you can post a link to the updated section of this post.

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  7. Shrink, I did that but it has been languishing in his moderation queue for a long while (or has been rejected, who knows).

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  8. The comments have been approved.

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  9. He has also not permitted attempted comments that do not claim fraud, but simply point out that El Naschie has not held the positions claimed. That is a simple statement of fact, and easily verified. It does not make sense to post incorrect information, and then block the posting of clarifying correct information on the basis that it is too contentious.
    It also means missing what is actually a story directly relevant to the primary subject matter of that blog, namely mechanisms by which those rankings can be strongly influenced by scurrilous activities. It is useful to understand the extreme case of the phenomenon in order to understand the more subtle cases that appear in the data as well.

    The stupid blog software running elnaschiewatch, by contrast, arbitrarily erases comments without warning based on its own censorship standards, apparently unknown even to blog maintainers (such sentiment will undoubtedly cause this comment to be deleted)

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  10. Ha, Richard suddenly changed his moderation policy. Is this the result of some "friendly advice" from the usual suspects?

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  11. Haha you noticed. Readers, this is about Richard's Comments and my reply.

    Off-topic, we have been getting a ton of hits from Facebook. I can't tell whose page they are coming from. Also lots of hits from URLs containing the string "mail" so we are getting emailed around. Traffic is sky high for the last couple of days.

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  12. Anonymous, there's no censorship at elnaschiewatch blog. The software has some issues, clearly, e.g. I noticed an error message (where the comment field should normally appear) several times.

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  13. I would not be surprised if Richard were getting legal threats, and as he is in England, worrying about them. Still, I am a bit disappointed in him. He affects to be working hard to discover what happened with Alexandria U, and then is overcome with feelings of tact and delicacy when it comes time to unmask the scoundrel. But as I said, it's his blog and he can do what he likes.

    I do like his new analysis of what happens to AU when citations are not counted. It drops 234 places from 147 to 381 in the overall rankings.

    I got an interesting email tip that Caltech doesn't deserve its high ranking, which I am still digesting. It may be too far afield for me to blog about.

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  14. Shrink, he knows I don't censor. :) He's just infuriated, and justly so.

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  15. It seems Richard is currently affiliated to Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Higher_Education_World_University_Rankings#Reception_of_the_methodology

    Well, maybe Malasian laws about libel are even harsher than UK laws.

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  16. Aha, good find, Shrink. El Naschie writes "favouring" etc. so I assumed he was English. By the way here's a 2008 thread on Ars Mathematica, Elsevier’s Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals, that coincidentally mentions libel in Malaysia:

    M. Velt says:
    26 November, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Dear Jonathan,

    I am not sure whether this is your real name but if it is, please forgive my ignorance. Sometimes there are people which Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde inside them so I thought maybe Jonathan is the nicer alter ego of John. Anyway we all thank you for bringing a civilized tone to the discussion and clarifying the business of libel. I was a friend of the late George Carman and I know all about libel even in Malaysia. If you know John Baez personally, please warn him from what he has been doing on his Café. He has committed a gross error which is actionable according to libel law in England. Switzerland is really a place where everybody can slander everyone with very little consequence. To say that Mohamed El Naschie is a fraud and does not have a Ph.D. is a ludicrous proposition and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will take Baez to court in all the countries where this appeared. Calling El Naschie a crackpot in his particular case and in the way it was done is also actionable. This site hired by Nature is making Nature liable for damage and aggravated damage in six digit figures. Baez would be well advised to close down his Café and remove all traces of everything on it, including this site.

    As for the scientific content of your letter, they are a breath of fresh air in a stuffy room.

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  17. Hossam, did El Naschie ever enter your consciousness during your years at Alexandria University? Ever hear about him, see him on the news, etc.?

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  18. Jasson,
    No, The first time I knew of him was a couple of month ago. I can't remember hearing his name before this. Oh wait... I did read an article about Zewail plagiarizing him on Almasryoon, but the article was absurd enough that I forgot his name afterwards.

    Also, almost none of my friends in Alexandria heard of him. I remember that I once started to talk about his gaming the impact factor but none of my friends recognized the name.

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  19. Who is Iman Al-Gamal?

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