Nature journal libel case continues
A scientist has told the High Court that an article criticising him was "scandalous" and had nothing to do with freedom of expression.
Professor Mohamed El Naschie is suing the Nature journal for libel and says the claims in the article [read it here] are "despicable and defamatory".
The barrister representing Nature said the article, published in 2008, was true and in the public interest.
Judgment on the case will be reserved and is set to be announced in January.
In November 2008, Nature published an article which alleged that Prof El Naschie self-published many papers and that some did not seem to have been independently checked by scientists working in the same area - a process known as peer review.
The article also alleged that five of the 36 papers in the December edition of Prof El Naschie's publication - Chaos, Solitons and Fractals - were written by him and 60 self-penned articles had been published since the beginning of the year.
Prof El Naschie, who was representing himself, used his opening statement to tell the court that publishing in one's own journal was not something that was unheard of.
He said that he would discuss his papers with fellow scientists, and only when he thought that they were of a sufficiently high standard would he publish them.
"I am too arrogant and have too much self-respect to allow a bad paper to pass through," he said.
Prof El Naschie called one witness, Prof Otto Rossler - an honorary editor of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals.
He told the court that there was no-one who could peer review him, referring to Prof El Naschie, because "if you have something new to offer, peer review is dangerous", adding that in such cases "peer review delays progress in science".
Prof El-Naschie asked his witness whether he thought that his (Prof El Naschie) papers were of "poor quality".
Prof Rossler replied: "On the contrary, they were very important and will become more important in the future."
And he added: "You are [one of] the most hard-working and diligent scientists I have ever met."
Last week, Nature provided testimony from three of its expert witnesses that the procedures used by Prof El Naschie's journal for the selection of papers did not appear to follow the normal practice of peer review.
The case continues next week, and the judgment on the case will be reserved and is expected to be announced early in the New Year.
Why does Ghosh not mention that Rössler is the infamous crackpot best known for claiming the LHC will destroy the world, and for covering a university building with paranoid spray-painted graffiti about a pogrom against him? Inexcusable. Ghosh also did not mention in either of his articles that El Naschie is an Egyptian presidential candidate, or that he claims he deserves the Nobel Prize many times over, but did not win it because he's an Arab, a Muslim, and named Mohamed, and the decision is made not in Stockholm but in Tel Aviv, and the prize "lost its way" to him because of Israel and George W. Bush. Are these facts not necessary for fully understanding the story? Ghosh does his readers a disservice by not linking to El Naschie Watch.
The trial continues Monday, an hour earlier than usual:
Before MRS JUSTICE SHARP
Monday, 28th November 2011
At half past 9
TLJ/10/1474 El Naschie v MacMillan Publishers Ltd & anr Pt Hd
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- April 1, 2010: El Naschie wins law suit against Nature!
- April 17, 2011: El Naschie vs. Nature law suit news
- June 12, 2011: El Naschie vs. Nature BOMBSHELL!
- June 12, 2011: El Naschie vs Nature: Paragraphs 4 and 5
- September 21, 2011: Nature zaps Yahia's blog post!
- October 21, 2011: Excitement builds: Countdown to 31 October
- October 24, 2011: My email to Nature's law firm
- October 24, 2011: Judge hails from One Brick Court!
- October 24, 2011: El Naschie v Nature pre-trial review in 3 hours!
- October 28, 2011: El Naschie v Nature starts Monday morning
- November 10, 2011: My patient Mohamed is not feeling well today
- November 11, 2011: BBC report on El Naschie v Nature!
- November 14, 2011: PhysOrg article on El Naschie v Nature
- November 14, 2011: The Scientist magazine on El Naschie v Nature
- November 14, 2011: British Medical Journal subscriber sought
- November 15, 2011: El Naschie has not appeared in court even once!
- November 16, 2011: Mathlog on El Naschie v Nature
- November 16, 2011: El Naschie finally shows up in court!
- November 17, 2011: Egypt is unaware of El Naschie v Nature
- November 18, 2011: The Guardian on El Naschie v Nature
- November 19, 2011: El Naschie reportedly returning to Egypt post haste
- November 22, 2011: Gervase de Wilde on El Naschie v Nature
- November 24, 2011: Handy El Naschie v Nature calendar
- November 25, 2011: Otto Rössler testifies for El Naschie!