A problematic problem with a science journal. Oops.

Math paper retracted because it “contains no scientific content”

According to a retraction notice for “Computer application in mathematics,” published in Computers & Mathematics with Applications:

“This article has been retracted at the request of the Publisher, as the article contains no scientific content and was accepted because of an administrative error. Apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.”

The conclusion reads:

For the first time in the history of mathematics, the authors applied magnification technology and obtained a solution for a nearly 4300 year old parallel postulate problem. In brief an impossible proposition was proved as possible. This is a problematic problem. Further studies will give birth to a new branch of mathematical science.

Tip: Retraction Watch

Nonsensical rambling IS a problematic problem, but can be solved by observing that the co-authors email address is “ohm@budweiser.com”

Who’s minding the shop here?! This paper was from 2009! There is more to this story involving incompetance at this journal and an intelligent design proponent. Check it out at the link above.

“Due to an editorial restructuring, Mathematical and Computer Modelling is not accepting any new papers at the moment.” Heh.

  1 comment for “A problematic problem with a science journal. Oops.

  1. Stew Green
    April 19, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Surely context is everything.
    – How can this be news when Retractionwatch list a few papers are withdrawn every week ?
    – And anyway since the Georganas Ioannis Report it’s well known tha the peer review processes are often flawed.

    – In Recently years the Nobel Prize winning paper on the discovery of graphene was rejected twice by Nature .. eventually being published in Science.

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