Monday, April 11, 2011

CMA special issue edited by Ji-Huan He!

Ervin Y. Rodin is Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Mathematics with Applications (CMA) which is number 23 on our Master list of Ji-Huan He's editorial positions. We wrote to Prof. Rodin about He's ethical challenges and Prof. Rodin commendably fired He, telling him


I recently received detailed information and very reliable assurances that some of your activities may not fall within the realm of acceptable scientific ethical behaviour. Having investigated these allegations as thoroughly as possible, I came to the conclusion that I must hereby request your resignation from our Editorial Board.

A reader points out something strange about the latest issue of CMA. Volume 61, Issue 8, Pages 1907-2352 (April 2011) is a special issue guest-edited by the disgraced Ji-Huan He! It's titled Advances in Nonlinear Dynamics, The 3rd International Symposium on Nonlinear Dynamics. That symposium was organized by Ji-Huan He and we wrote all about it in Pics! Program! Attendees!. Make-believe scientist Mohamed El Naschie also attended that crackpot conference.

Ji-Huan He has an editorial piece in it titled Asymptotic methods: The next frontier towards nonlinear science. He writes

In this special issue, various asymptotic methods (e.g. Hamiltonian approach, Adomian method, variational iteration method, homotopy perturbation method, exp-function method, differential transformation method and ancient Chinese algorithm) for real-life nonlinear problems are given and can be used as paradigms for many other applications. The aim of this special issue is to bring to the fore the many new and exciting applications of the asymptotic methods, thereby capturing both the interest and imagination of the wider communities in various fields.

Finally I would like to express my appreciation to the editor-in-chief of Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Prof. Ervin Y. Rodin, and all reviewers who took the time to review articles in a very short time.

The issue contains many papers about "He's Homotopy Perturbation Method", "He's Variational Iteration Method", and "He's Polynomials".

Why on earth would Prof. Rodin have CMA host this stuff? I can't think of one good reason. Our reader-contributor says

I am unable to resolve the chicken-and-egg problem of does Elsevier corrupt its journal editors or are they this corrupt when Elsevier hires them, in turn making Elsevier look bad? Maybe it's both things at the same time.

Is Rodin on vacation? Getting on in years and becoming forgetful? In hospital with a bump on the noggin? If it's corruption, it is a feeble attempt, because we were bound to notice. There is so much I cannot fathom. Would He have approached Rodin, or vice-versa? How did this end up in an Elsevier journal? The original plan was for Asian Academic Publisher to publish the conference proceedings, according to the last page of the program.


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2 comments:

  1. In the Preface, J.-H. He writes:
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    In this special issue, various asymptotic methods (e.g. Hamiltonian approach, Adomian method, variational iteration method, homotopy perturbation method, exp-function method, differential transformation method and ancient Chinese algorithm) for real-life nonlinear problems are given and can be used as paradigms for many other applications. The aim of this special issue is to bring to the fore the many new and exciting applications of the asymptotic methods, thereby capturing both the interest and imagination of the wider communities in various fields.
    Finally I would like to express my appreciation to the editor-in-chief of Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Prof. Ervin Y. Rodin, and all reviewers who took the time to review articles in a very short time.
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    I'll try to download some of the real gems and post a ZIP somewhere.

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  2. Wonderful! I have incorporated that extract into the post.

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