Monday, August 17, 2009

Chilingar Redux

Werner Aeschbach-Hertig noted that Chilingar and Assoc. have committed self-plagiarism again, their twin papers, having gotten a triplet. He figures he ain't gonna get no satisfaction from the editors of various journals of last resort. What to do, what to do?

Interestingly there may be an answer. Turns out that like most places USC (the C is an emeriti there) USC has a bunch of IRBs and the IRBs have guidlines on the Responsible Conduct of Research. If you traipse over there they mention a few (see page 10)

Issues in Publication and Peer Review
• Redundant publication
• Unacknowledged self-plagiarism
which seems to match well with WAH's issues. He might want to drop a dime. There is even an anonymous tip line

Oh yeah, anyone have a clue about what the American Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is? If you look at the triplet paper, two of the authors are
L. Khilyuk3 and M. V. Gorfunkel4
3. Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, American Branch, Los Angeles, CA, USA
4. Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, American Branch, Coppell, TX, USA
Evidently C is the President thereof.....



Steve Bloom said...

A little googling established that the RANS is not at all the same thing as the RAS. As far as I can tell the RANS specializes in handing out various medals to foreign emeriti, although there must be some other function. It smells a bit like the AAPG. Maybe ask the science attache at the Russian Embassy?

Also, C. at least appears to have gotten away with murder on his WP page.

Gordon Parish said...

I'm not entirely sure, but I think that Gorfunkel guy used to sing with Paul Simon, if that helps at all...

EliRabett said...

Steve, you mean he Krammed it?

Steve Bloom said...

One might say so!

Werner Aeschbach-Hertig said...

Thanks for the hint, Eli. I'll think about it. But since Chilingar is retired, I don't know if it helps to address UCS.

EliRabett said...

He still uses the address and probably gets some support through USC. Eli's reading is that since he published using his connection to USC he is subject to their rules.