再揭奇怪的美国大学图书馆员

・方舟子・

终于有了一个洋“方黑”。谁啊?就是科罗拉多大学图书馆员Jeffrey Beall。

  方黑像那些电信骗子,采取的是广种薄收的策略,发的邮件多了,总有上当的。但此前其成效甚微。他们曾向几十家国外出版社投诉,说我“剽窃”他们的插图,但只有一家来向我问是怎么回事,对我的解释表示理解。他们曾向几十位国外作者投诉我“剽窃”他们的文章,最后只有Root-Bernstein信了(方黑造谣说他是我的导师,其实我根本不认识他)。不过Root-Bernstein还算不上黑,他只是对“剽窃”有很奇怪的自己定义,想要来教育我罢了。

  这回亦明(葛莘)给几百个国外学者寄信毁谤MDPI出版公司,总算钓上了科罗拉多大学图书馆员Jeffrey Beall全盘接受他们的说法,把MDPI列入其虚假期刊出版社黑名单,让方黑们欢呼取得了重大胜利。从我与Beall的信件往来看,他的确称得上“黑”,不仅是无知,而且是品质有问题(参见《一名奇怪的美国大学图书馆员》)。

  Beall显然对我公开与他的信件往来以及挖出了别人揭露他是骗子的文章一事恼羞成怒,在其新发表的博文中(http://scholarlyoa.com/2014/02/24/under-pressure-mdpi-tries-to-clean -house-retracts-paper/ ),用了两段文字来诋毁我:

  I’ve also angered someone named Fang Zhouzi (real name Shi-min Fang, or Fang Shi-min). He apparently markets himself as a Chinese science watchdog, trashing science published in journals other than those published by his friend Shu-Kun Lin, from whom he reportedly receives a stipend.

  Fang is feverishly searching for dirt about me on the internet and publishing whatever he finds in his U.S.-based blog, all to defend his patron, Lin.

  他说我把自己炒作成中国科学看门狗,除了MDPI期刊之外的其他期刊发表的“科学”都遭到我的贬损。这意思是我十四年来揭露学术造假的目的,是为了打击MDPI的对手,苦心积虑为MDPI在现在进军中国铺路。反转控们说我打假的目的是为了为孟山都公司推销转基因,Beall又给我找了一个打假动机,都很有想象力。

  Beall说我是林树坤的朋友,说我被报道从林树坤那里拿工资,说我在互联网上到处找Beall的黑材料是为了保护我的赞助人林树坤。事实上,林树坤并非我的朋友,我和他并无私人交往,只是在公开或半公开的场合见过几次面。林树坤只是我的众多粉丝之一,他自称是我的铁杆粉丝,因此赞助了新语丝科学精神奖,但并不是来赞助我个人的,所以也不是我的赞助人。我当然没有从林树坤那里拿工资,Beall所谓的“报道”,他没有给出出处,但应该是亦明提供的谣言。

  Beall把不同意他对MDPI看法的人全说成是“林树坤的朋友”、“林树坤的走狗”、“拿林树坤的钱”,在他看来,别人都是在拿钱做事,这也许就是其内心的写照,难怪有人怀疑他在收保护费。Beall当然有权利自己搞一份虚假期刊出版社黑名单,但是根据我与他的信件往来,我不认为他有此资格。他拒绝更正明显的事实错误。他相信并散布谣言,不管这些谣言多么荒唐。他对别人的质疑从不做正面回答,而是转移话题或进行人身攻击。一份被几家学术媒体推荐的黑名单由这么一个缺乏专业知识、专业精神、判断力、责任心和正直品格的人来维护,是很可悲的。国内也有大学把Beall的黑名单作为参考,应该认清Beall是什么样的人,不要再把其黑名单当回事了。

  Beall是用英文写的博文,我也就用英文发表了一份声明,寄给了相关人士,附后。顺便说一下,eCampus News曾经错误地报道说诺贝尔奖获得者MarioCapecchi不知道自己是MDPI旗下期刊的编委。之后发了更正,Mario Capecchi知道自己是MDPI旗下期刊Biomolecules的编委,eCampus News为此错误道歉(http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/open-access-publisher-566/3/ )。 Jeffrey Beall曾引用该报道攻击MDPI,当然,他没有更正。

A Statement About Mr. Jeffrey Beall’s Defamatory Blog Post

1. What I have been “trashing” for 14 years is not “science”, but pseudoscience, fraud or misconduct. My campaign against academic corruption in China has nothing to do with MDPI business. My activities have been reported many times by Science, Nature, New Scientist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc and honored by several international and national awards, including the John Maddox Prize (by Nature) and Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award (by ACFE).

2. I am not a friend of Dr. Shu-Kun Lin. He is not my “patron” either. I don’t have a personal relationship with him. In fact, Dr. Lin is just one of many fans of mine.

3. I have never received a stipend from Dr. Shu-Kun Lin. I am the most popular and successful science writer in China and make a living by publishing articles and books. I don’t receive any stipends, kickbacks or protection rackets from anyone. Mr. Jeffrey Beall claims he has a report about my receiving a stipend from Dr. Shu-Kun Lin. I am sure the so-called “report” is not from a credible source, but just another canard created by a sick mind.

Mr. Jeffrey Beall has the right to maintain a list of questionable publishers, but based on my experience with him, he is not qualified to do so. He hesitated to correct an obvious factual error. He believes and spreads rumors and canards, no matter how ridiculous they are. He labels anyone with different opinions as “Lin’s lackey”. It’s sad that a highly regarded blacklist is maintained by a person clearly lacking discipline knowledge, professionalism, good judgment, responsibility and integrity. I will do my best to let the science community know the truth and “trash” this list.

Shi-min Fang

2014.2.25.

(XYS20140228)

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