Friday, January 27, 2012

CSF called a "vehicle for him and his chums"

"Him" being Mohamed El Naschie, of course. Following up on the previous post, we note that The Register has an article by Iain Thomson about the Tim Gowers campaign against Elsevier. According to the article:

Questions have also been raised about the company’s journal “Chaos, Solitons & Fractals.” The publication carried over 300 articles written by the editor Mohamed El Naschie, and some have questioned if they went through a proper peer-review process. One academic, who declined to talk on the record, claimed that the journal was essentially a “vehicle for him and his chums,” and that Elsevier let the situation persist.

Perhaps the great man should sue The Register.

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  1. The Cedar Lounge Revolution also has the story. Mathematicians organising “Occupy Elsevier”. One of the commenters mentions El Naschie and muses "Whoever would have thought the world of maths could be so sordid?"

    By the way, in the Timothy Gowers piece, he says "The journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals is a notorious example of a journal that is regarded as a joke by many mathematicians, but which libraries all round the world must nevertheless subscribe to."


    There is an interesting comment due to Bobito:
    January 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Actually, I’ll cede that Elsevier does fill a need – just not a need I respect – by publishing crap journals like Chaos, Solitons and Fractals (to pick an egregious example), Elsevier serves the needs of incompetent though ambitious academics. This has detrimental effects at an institutional level because it helps these unproductive figures to dominate some institutions, particularly in countries with less well developed research and educational systems.

  3. Here's Bobito's comment. In fact there are lots of good comments in that thread, including others by Bobito.

  4. The Register article has gathered 39 comments so far. Nothing about El Naschie though.

  5. I'm disappointed that no one went through the El Naschie Watch back files to find that there's about half a dozen (lower bound) journals within the category of C,S&F that are equally full of crap (Rodin's journals, that other one that sounds like He's former journal and is full of homotopy, etc). This would strengthen the point that Elsevier is charging sometimes up to $200/page not just for crap papers but for papers that are mathematically-provable to be wrong (it doesn't get any more 'wrong' that this).