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Another Elsevier Scandal

May 23, 2009
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Red beads on wooden abacus © Tetra Images/Corbis

Found another Elsevier scandal. From a year ago.

Basically, it is to do with a scientific journal, published by Elsevier, which has one of the highest impact factor amongst mathematics research journals. Problem is, one of the most prolific writers of the journal is also the editor in chief  who has a cult following. This would explain the inflated citation count.

To be honest, it is an acknowledged fact that many editors and writers/researchers play this game, so I’m not really surprised. I’m just surprised that Elsevier is involved in this when they are the ones behind Scopus.

More reading:

Elsevier Math Editor Controversy in The Scholarly Kitchen

The power of self-citation and self-publishing – the case of el Naschie in Re Research

Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics in Slashdot

You’re a mean one, Mr. El Naschie in Scientific blogging

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