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
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.)
- El Naschie and Alexandria University
- SCANDAL! AU professorship for El Naschie
- Alexandria U to be kicked out of top 200 next year
- Alexandria University exults in 147th place ranking
- El Naschie disses Times Higher Education
- El Naschie on Alexandria University's THE rank
- University Ranking Watch invites debate
- U of Alberta President on U of Alexandria ranking
- Is University Ranking Watch afraid of El Naschie?
- El Naschie gets undeserved benefit of the doubt
- The Alexandria University saga continues
- My email to Alexandria University
- Irony lost on Utrecht University Debate Platform
- Caltech, MIT, Princeton, Alexandria University