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'No chance' for disgraced brothers to continue in academia: official
Central News Agency
2014-07-17 11:36 PM
Taipei, July 17 (CNA) There has been so much evidence to sully the reputations of scandal-tainted Peter Chen and brother C.W. Chen, a senior government official said Thursday that they simply have no chance of continuing their academic careers. Lin Yi-bing, deputy minister of science and technology, said an initial investigation has found that the Chen brothers had not only lied to Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC), which has withdrawn 60 of their papers including some bearing the name of former Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling, but also a German journal, Natural Hazards. Chiang stepped down this week amid the growing uproar caused by Peter Chen, a former associate professor at National Pingtung University of Education, who is accused by JVC's publisher of creating a number of false accounts to subvert the peer review process. The former minister has claimed no knowledge of being connected to the retracted papers. Peter Chen resigned from his university in February after the school began probing the peer review process at the request of JVC publisher SAGE Publications. Adding fuel to the fire, it has now come to light that in the first 12 pages of a paper he contributed to Natural Hazards, 111 of the 124 sources cited -- or 90 percent -- were his own. In another paper carried by the same journal, a single term "man-machine interface" cites 87 references, all from his own research. The speed with which Peter Chen's papers were reviewed and passed also aroused suspicion. Of the 21 papers which he has contributed to Natural Hazards, 15 were approved within one month -- far shorter than the six months which Lin at the Science Ministry said is normal. The deputy minister noted his ministry has requested Natural Hazards explain why some of the papers contributed by Peter Chen and C.W. Chen, professor of National Kaohsiung Marine University, could pass the review process and get published in as short a time as just two weeks. Lin said that while the evidence has not yet been submitted to an academic ethics review committee, it is already "strong enough" to assume that both Chens will not be able to survive in the academic world. What Taiwan should do now is not hound the two brothers and debate their punishments but rather build a good mechanism to avoid similar scandals from ever taking place again, Lin said. (By Milly Lin and S.C. Chang)
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