Tuesday, June 28, 2011

El Naschie's recent reprint is a fake

News and observations about the notorious kook journals CSF, FSNGHEP and JECTHEPE.

Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (CSF)

Zahy found this comment on Derek Lowe's blog:

6. student on June 7, 2011 5:54 PM writes...

Hey it's fine. Researchers have now managed to model love in our favorite journal Chaos Solitons and Fractals.

"Effects of random noise in a dynamical model of love"

Favorite Part: "Strogatz investigated the love affair between Romeo and Juliet by a series of simple linear ordinary differential equations, which can be written as

(1)R(t) the Romeo’s love (or hate if negative) for Juliet at time t and J(t) the Juliet’s love for Romeo. The parameters a and b specify Romeo’s “romantic style” respectively, and c, d specify Juliet’s “romantic style”. Here a denotes the extent to which Romeo is encouraged by his own feelings, and b is the extent to which he is encouraged by Juliet’s feelings."

Glad to see that El Naschie's departure hasn't changed the standards for this journal. It's good to see my library dollars put to good work.


Fractal Spacetime and Noncommutative Geometry in Quantum and High Energy Physics (FSNGHEP)

This is published by Asian Academic Publisher and managed by Ji-Huan He.

Go to their website and click "Articles". You'll see there are still no articles listed despite 2011 being halfway gone.

Journal for E-infinity and Complexity Theory in High Energy Physics and Engineering (JECTHEPE)

In 999, sockpuppet equation, & kook journal debuts! we looked at what is ostensibly a reprint of an El Naschie paper in what we assumed was a renamed version of FSNGHEP. But there are some peculiarities I need to point out.

Asian Academic Publisher doesn't list a journal of this name on their website.

However, the Indian publisher Serials Publications lists it in their stable of journals for 2009. See page 6.

Serials Publications 2009

This is inconsistent with the heading on El Naschie's alleged reprint, which says (2011) Vol. 1(1) 1-7.

Kook Journal Debut

I believe this reprint is fake. Here's why.

1. Google Scholar does not show any paper having ever been published in a journal of this name. In particular, if El Naschie's paper occupied pages 1-7, what paper began on page 8?

2. The Serials Publications website does not currently list the journal at all.

3. The reprint looks like a fake, along the lines of El Naschie's famous photoshop of himself with Nobel laureates:

(a) It is not usual to put such a large banner on reprints.

(b) It is unusual for a journal of this type to be published in a sans serif font.

(c) The polytope logo at the top left of the front page has an ugly shadow artefact that no professional compositor would have allowed.

(d) Also, compare equations (9) and (12a). Notice that "P" and "d" have both changed from sans serif to serif font. The paper has not been professionally typeset.

(e) The "reprint" also has the misspelling "Phsics" in the title of the journal! (Noted below by commenter Paul.)

I am convinced it's a hoax reprint forged by the great man himself. Not only never peer-reviewed, but never even published!

Could it be a genuine preprint rather than a fake reprint? No. If it were a preprint it wouldn't have the full citation information on every page, nor would it have the journal's logo.

M.S. El Naschie, The fractal geometrical origin of quantum mechanics from Hardy's quantum entanglement, Journal for E-infinity and Complexity Theory in High Energy Physics and Engineering, Vol. 1, Number 1, pp. 1-7, 2011, is a counterfeit paper or a confabulation.

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  1. I don't know about the quality of Xu et al.'s recent CFS paper. Perhaps their english did not convey the tongue-in-cheek nature of this example. Strogatz's "Romeo & Juliet love affair" model is a very cute and educational example from his undergraduate nonlinear dynamics textbook. It is not a "theory of love". Go read it.

    This is not a pertinent example of "quality" of the new CFS. Trust me I will be the first to get on this garbage-collecting journal's case if it were.

  2. Heh. OK, thank you for the comment. I myself have no opinion, having read only the abstract.

  3. I totally agree with Anonymous. I know the Romeo and Juliet equations, very cute indeed. You can consider this as recreational math, or you can use in education as an entertaining toy example. Strogatz's article was published in Math Magazine, which is a proper forum for such mathematical fun. In the CSF paper, it seems the authors took this seriously, which would be silly, but I would not exclude that they just could not express adequately themselves.

  4. The "reprint" also has the misspelling "Phsics" in the title of the journal!

  5. Updated with (e). Thanks, Paul!