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November 24, 2008

Maybe somebody should look into this

A journal published by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers in the world, has apparently run 322 papers by the journal's editor.

I write "apparently" because I haven't checked the claim. But I can, however, verify the claim in the post that the last issue of the journal contains five articles by the journal's editor. That, alone, seems really weird.

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JorgXMcKie

I can't remember his name off the top of my head, but one of my profs from the U of Illinois *owned* three journals. Through his death in the late 90s or early 2000s he published around 100 articles a year. (Many co-authored.)

He was famous back in the mid-80s for paying top dollar for typing help and not being able to keep anyone for more than a month.

He also forced students to buy crappy binder copies of his lectures and expensive 5 1/4 floppies with his data on them. As I remember, in 1986 the binder (around 100 all-but-unreadable dittos) cost around $25 and the floppy (with data you couldn't trust -- it almost cost me a grade because some of it was not what he said) another $25. Big money then.

Odd how power corrupts, no?

Gorgasal

Searching the journal for "El Nashie" in the Author field yields 282 hits:
http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/search?q=(issn%3A09600779)+AND+(author%3AEl+AND+author%3ANaschie)&t=all&sort=0&g=s

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