Besnard was called upon to review the paper shown below.
Complexiﬁed fractional heat kernel and physics beyond the spectral triplet action in noncommutative geometry
And here is his review.
Review of El-Nabulsi paper by Fabien Besnard
Besnard pointed out a couple of blatant errors, not deeming it worthwhile to belabor in detail such tripe, and didn't give it much more thought.
I notice that the paper cites E-infinity group member Ervin Goldfain three times, which by itself is cause for suspicion.
Very recently Besnard received another paper (see below) by El-Nabulsi. This new paper cites El Naschie's E-infinity theory as a motivation for the work, and since Besnard is on the ball, this raised a red flag for him. El-Nabulsi, Besnard notes, has published in all these journals:
- Int. J. Geom. Meth. Mod. Phys.
- Int. J. Mod Phys, Comm. Theor. Phys.
- Mod. Phys. Lett. B
- Journal of Mathematical Physics
- Chaos, Solitons and Fractals
A man after our own heart, Besnard is writing to their editorial boards! He promises to keep us posted.
Peter Woit warned him of El Naschie's litigiousness, and I told him not to worry because El Naschie hasn't been known to sue bloggers.
UPDATE: A reader quotes from Nature, 6 November 2003, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v426/n6962/full/426007a.html (subscription required) these paragraphs about someone called "Ramy Naboulsi" who I suspect is the same person as Rami El-Nabulsi:
The plagiarism case traces its origins to June 2002, when Yasushi Watanabe, a high-energy physicist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, was contacted by Ramy Naboulsi, who said he was a mathematical physicist. Naboulsi asked for Watanabe's help in obtaining a research position in Japan. Impressed by Naboulsi's work, Watanabe agreed to upload some of his papers to ArXiv, which Naboulsi was unable to do himself as he had no academic affiliation. "I was so amazed at his productivity I began to think he was a genius," Watanabe later wrote in an e-mail to the archive.
By April 2003, Naboulsi had 22 papers on ArXiv, but some of server's users noticed that one of his papers copied parts of the BaBar Physics Book, an online summary of meetings about a high-energy physics experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California. When six more of the papers were shown to be similar to the BaBar book, Watanabe asked for all 22 preprints to be withdrawn. ArXiv labelled the papers as such but left them on the site, in accordance with its policy.
When contacted by Nature, Naboulsi said that he would like to apologize to ArXiv and to the Stanford centre, but said that his other papers, on cosmology, were not plagiarized.
UPDATE: Fabien Besnard, in his comment below, wishes I had waited until he heard back from the editorial boards, so I apologize for jumping the gun.
A reader confirms in a comment that Ramy Naboulsi and Ahmad Rami El-Nabulsi are the same person. He writes:
Yes, it's the same Nabulsi.
shows 43 articles starting in 2005, including 12 so far in 2010. But he's still employing the same methodology (which is why he hasn't deposited them on arXiv). The reason the articles are incoherent is they're pieced together from other sources, so you can tell Besnard that he should also warn editors they're dealing with a known plagiarist.
He notes that the Nabulsi paper Charged Randall–Sundrum Braneworld Type II with Higher Order Curvature Corrections from Superstring Arguments and Dominated by Quintessence, Commun. Theor. Phys. (Beijing, China) 53 (2010) pp. 869–881 and a paper by Kazuya Koyama from three years earlier, The cosmological constant and dark energy in braneworlds, Gen. Rel. Grav., Vol. 40, 421-450 (2008) DOI: 10.1007/s10714-007-0552-x (PDF. Also on arXiv) contain nearly identical passges
Despite the remarkably simple setup of the model, gravity dynamical equations are extremely complicated. Fortunately, for a homogeneous and isotropic brane, the generalized Birkhoff theorem ensures that the bulk space-time is AdS spacetime or AdS-Schwarzschild spacetime. The Friedmann equation on the brane and the scalar field wave equation are derived as
Despite the remarkably simple setup of the model, gravity in this model is incredibly complicated. Fortunately, for a homogeneous and isotropic brane, the generalized Birkoff theorem ensures that the bulk spacetime is AdS spacetime or AdS-Schwarzchild spacetime. Then the Friedmann equation on the brane is easily derived as
El-Nabulsi's new paper is Fractional Dirac Operators and Left-Right fractional Chamseddine-Connes spectral bosonic action principle in noncommutative geometry, International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics, Vol. 7, No 1 (2010) pp. 95-134. Here is Besnard's review.
Fabien Besnard's review of a Ahmad Rami El-Nabulsi paper
UPDATE: See Besnard gets five replies from thirteen journals.