On June 9, 2010 I sent a letter to Mathematical Problems in Engineering (MPE) urging Editor-in-Chief José Manoel Balthazar and the Associate Editors to fire Ji-Huan He.
That was answered by this from Prof. D. Dane Quinn, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron:
I take any case of academic misconduct very seriously and guilty individuals should be relieved from their responsibilities. However, you should not remove an Associate Editor on the basis of a single email received from an anonymous sender. However, the present allegations, in particular those raised in the SIAM editorial, do warrant investigation. My recommendation would be for you, as journal editor, to investigate these claims with the editors of the involved journals, publishers, and colleagues (including Dr. He).
With this, we should be able to make an informed recommendation.
Balthazar, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, replied-all
We will follow : "..., to investigate these claims with the editors of the involved journals, publishers, and colleagues (including Dr. He)"
Comments are welcome
thanks for Dr.Jason for his e-mail.
I replied-all, saying "By all means, investigate, don't take my word for it. Dane Quinn gives sensible advice" and pointed out that I was not anonymous.
Balthazar again replied-all, saying
On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 8:17 AM, jose manoel balthazar jose
ok i will do it
Rehab will investigate it in burocratic sense and then we discuss the actions if is the case
Quinn was soon echoed by Professor Nickolas S. Sapidis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia:
Dear Jose and friends:
I fully agree with Prof. Dane Quinn’s wise recommendation. A thorough investigation must be done at the level of “Editors in Chief” (involving also the Associate-Editor under investigation).
In this investigation, the Editors-in-Chief might want to have help from experts (preferably: Associate Editors) who should be specializing exactly on the scientific fields of the Associate-Editor under investigation.
Best Regards to All,
The very next day Zahy noticed that Ji-Huan He had been removed from MPE's editorial board.
MPE is number 24 on our master list. (An amusing side note on these events is Shijun Liao quits MPE, concerned for reputation.)
That was all background for what I want to talk about in this post.
Shrink brings to my attention an upcoming conference, CHAOS 2011, The 4th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference, 31 May to 3 June 2011, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece.
It appears that El Naschie probably won't be attending. In any case, the Committees page doesn't list him and the Topics/Sessions page doesn't mention E-infinity theory.
David Ruelle, who has sometimes been praised by El Naschie and his sockpuppets, is on the Honorary Committee.
T. Kapitaniak is on the International Scientific Committee. Readers will remember him as a student of El Naschie's. The great man wrote about him several times in Rosa Al-Youssef.
But most intriguing of all are these committee entries:
- Honorary Committee
Donghua University, Shanghai, China
Editor of Int. Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation
- International Scientific Committee
J. M. Balthazar
State University of Sao Paulo, Brasil
Sometimes these conferences conclude with a fancy assigned-seat dinner.
Imagine the possibilities.
Seriously though: It would be one thing if Ji-Huan He were simply coughing up his conference fee as a rank-and-file attendee. But in this case the insidious Dr. Ji-Huan He has managed to hoodwink the organizers into believing that his name lends prestige to the event! How did he do it? We know he's a master at sneaking or inveigling himself onto editorial boards. This feels similar. My guess is that he sells himself as "Editor-in-Chief of the math journal with the world's highest impact factor". Technically it's not a lie, right?
Unfortunately it makes CHAOS 2011 look like right twats. Someone should get in touch with them.