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The startling claims of Siva Prasad Kodukula re: “Indian” “science”. Seeking a wider opinion.

Someone on FB brought an amazing "journal article" to my notice, by one Siva Prasad Kodukula. I read the first para and was astonished that such material could get published.

So I tried to verify and came to a conclusion that the journal is a scam.

Fortunately, Siva Prasad Kodukula has accepted my FB friend request and has been quite cooperative, so I'm going to summarise the current state of affairs as follows, and request my readers for their comments. At the end of this either Siva Prasad Kodukula will be known as a genius or a fraud. 

Why is this important? Why do I care to spend time to write this blog post?

Because to defend the ridiculous claims of Modi and his followers, this man's work is being cited as proof of the greatness of "Hindu" science. Funnily enough, Siva Prasad himself states: "I have not touched religion and I am not skeptic about religion and God. It is science." And the Siva's constant and K-Suryon he talks about are based on his name, not on any mythological Siva. (So much for the Modi-bhakts who believe anyone who talks about Siva must be referring to the Vedas!)

Who is Siva Prasad Kodukula?

[I’m going to lightly edit the info below, so most typos in the original source aren’t edited]

1. He is a Project Management Consultant, A Civil Engineer, B.E(Civil Engineering) From Andhra University, 1989 [Source]. He previously worked with Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., M.N.DASTUR&CO(P)LTD, M.N.Dastur&Co(P)Ltd [Source]

2. He is also an:

Editorial Member -American Journal of Civil Engineering (Science Publishing Group) where he reviews and edits research articles in "Civil Engineering"

Editorial board-member-"International Journal of Astrophysics & space sciences" (Science Publishing Group) where he reviews and edits research articles in ASTROPHYSICS.

Editorial Board Member-"American Journal of Physics&Applications" (Science Publishing Group) where he reviews and edits research papers in physics and applied physics. [Source]

3. In his own words on FB:

I have a research back ground in physics from 1986 it self  Even I have written letters to Prof Narlikar and sumission letters of international journals..(At that time I was studying my second year B.E(CIVIL eNGINEERING) I am a graduate in civil Engineering fro Andhra university and worked in Multinational Companies. If you want educational back ground you can get so many Phd's (useless).If people asked 'Einstein' for educational back ground to publish his paper. We would have not reached this stage.

Published "work"

Relation between Planck Length and Origin of Consciousness in Life Sciences-A Mathematical Proof, Biomedical Science and Engineering. 2014 2 (3). doi: 10.12691/bse-2-3-1

Analysis on Hawking Radiation and Steady State Universe by Siva’s Theories, International Journal of Physics. 2014 2 (2). doi: 10.12691/ijp-2-2-1

New Discovery about Prediction of a Particle ‘K-Suryon’ as Basic Building Block of Mass, International Journal of Physics. 2014 2 (1). doi: 10.12691/ijp-2-1-3

space time equivalence-A new concept, International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

Equation for consciousness in terms of Physics, International Journal of Advancements in Research & Technology (ISSN 2278-7763)

siva's constant 'K' of Physics, International journal of Advancement in Research and Technology

Siva's Classical Equation for Space Time and Matter, International Journal of Advancements in Research & Technology (ISSN 2278-7763)

Two Equations showing the relation between Mass and space time & density of space time associated to mass, 

Siva’s Equation for Singularity of Black Holes, International Journal of Astrophysics and Space Science

Siva's theory of quantum gravity, American Journal of Modern Physics

Super theory of relativity-explanation to ‘rest mass of photon’, ‘quantum entanglement’ and ‘consciousness’, American Journal of Modern Physics

etc.

QUESTIONS

1. Who is the publisher of these "journals"?

Science Publishing Group. It "publishes" over 120 "journals".

Science Publishing Group
548 FASHION AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10018
U.S.A.
Tel: (001)347-688-8931
Skype ID: sciencepg

2. How did Siva Prasad Kodukula become editor of these journals?

As per SiencePG applied for editorial position with my complete appraisal. They have given me these positions by my back ground (submitted with proofs. We can die like this we can not cry….You people do not know the word 'exception' . Let me live my life. You be with luxuries.. and laugh even at 'Srinivasa Ramanujan' Albert Einstin' etc.…. Thank you Sir…

The SPG website states:

Join as Editorial Board Member
We are seeking professionals to join our Editorial Board. You will be entitled following benefits while working with us as an editorial board member of the journals.
1.    You are enforced to read carefully various manuscripts in your area of importance and interest. This is the way you are routinely forced to keep yourself up-to-date while checking and suggesting the changes in manuscripts.
2.    This work helps to add in and provides a better way to create your identity as a well known expert in your field and may lead to increased invitations to speak at conferences or demand for invited research of your specialized area.
3.    You will be among the contributors who will shape and decide the urgent ways as required with changing societal needs.
4.    Your ideas and subject inputs may help in arranging special issues as per topics of your interest and choice.
5.    You will come across the latest research before everyone else and gives you a position of leadership in your research community.
6.    Research articles provided by the editorial board members will be published with a 20% discount.

​Clearly these people are INDIAN. No one else in the entire world can write such English.

3. Has anyone commented adversely about these journals?

Yes. Peter Woit. Peter is Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics department at Columbia University. According to Peter, 

This morning an e-mail came in from the “Science Publishing Group”, a call for “Editorial Board Members, Reviewers and Paper” for their open access journals, advertised as

Full peer review: All manuscripts submitted to our journals undergo double blind peer review.
Fast publication: Fast peer review process of papers within approximately one month of submission.

This included a special deal on the “Article Processing Charge”: $70 or $120 before May 15.

Peter checked ONE article and found it to be heavily plagiarised:

much of the paper was plagiarized from elsewhere, including at least a 2003 paper by Harlander and Kilgore, Higgs boson production in bottom quark fusion at next-to-next-to-leading order and a 2011 paper by Bagnaschi et al. Higgs production via gluon fusion in the POWHEG approach in the SM and in the MSSM (neither of which are listed in the references). 

WHY DO I BELIEVE THE 'WORK' OF SIVA PRASAD KOLUKUDU IS JUNK?

Well, I have only read ONE paragraph of one of his articles: Equation for Consciousness in terms of Physics.

1 INTRODUCTION

At present consciousness is an up coming issue of interdisplinary fields of physics, cosmology, nurology ,genetics etc. The research is going on for the attempts to define consciousness which can withstand for experiments. Physics is only the subject which will give substantiate experimental results. But up to now there is no concept which clearly define consciousness in terms of physics. First of all it has to be defind and should be accepted by scientists to do further experimental verification with in the frame work of physics. An attempt has been made to define the consciousness in terms of physics. Brief description of the following concepts is used for analysis to arrive a new concept of consciousness.

No prizes for guessing why I call this junk. Not even basic spellcheck, leave along syntax and grammar. References are the "author's" own works! Cool. Write junk and cite it yourself, and get published in a "peer reviewed" journal. And become member of the "editorial board" without a single day of teaching experience in any reputed university. (Of course, this way you can be "routinely forced to keep yourself up-to-date"). 

INVITATION

I invite anyone with ANY physics or other scientific background to read these "papers" and provide comments. My opinion is clear: this is junk. But I've only read one para. Don't have the desire to read more. 

I'm curious to know what others think.

Siva Prasad has asked me to discuss his work. I have asked him to wait. Let me first hear from those who have the patience to actually read more than one paragraph of his "work".

From his photo, Siva Prasad is a nice fellow. I wish him well. Just that I don't appreciate the publication of junk, and I don't appreciate fake "journals".

And do not appreciate junk that is cited as proof of India's "great" scientific knowledge in the hoary past (knowledge which was apparently entirely forgotten and is now being "rediscovered" each time someone in the West comes up with some genuine breakthrough: "we knew that!". No you didn't!).

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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6 thoughts on “The startling claims of Siva Prasad Kodukula re: “Indian” “science”. Seeking a wider opinion.
  1. Deepak

    Good work Sanjeev!!! You caught a textbook case of a charlatan. Need to out these people one-by-one. My only worry is that “scientifically illiterate” Indians and current Indian government may take this to be legitimate as they have done with P.N. Oak and Dinanath Batra. Any ways, we got to do what we can. Keep it up sir.

     
  2. Alex C.

    Sanjeevji,

    It is with great consternation that I write this. I’ve just gone through the Facebook thread linked in this article. The way you badgered Mr. Kodukula is completely unacceptable and reprehensible.

    It became very clear to me in the first couple of posts, and I believe it became clear to you also—as you changed your tone midway through the conversation, that Mr. Kodukula is no charlatan. He has been a victim of a predatory, fraudulent journal, and is on the verge of emotional breakdown, and probably financial as well (he claims to be jobless/incomeless).

    His theory/conclusions may be erroneous, but he has not displayed arrogance or incivility, and has continued to engage in polite conversation even after realising that you and he may be in irreconcilable disagreement. While dealing with such folk, who at least appear to be honest, please use your “gentleman writing” mode rather than the ball-busting reserved for unabashed frauds like the Sharmaji you mentioned.

    Also, the story of Mr. Kodukula relates to the broader picture of the extremely sorry state our scientific and teaching establishment is in—where “publication” has become a magic talisman for academic positions and employment, with no regard to the quality of the research. While this is an issue with US- and other countries too, the saddest part of this for me has been that Mr. Kodukula apparently has been deluded into believing the stuff that has been published, no doubt after fleecing him.

    So please, treat Mr. Kodukula as the victim he is. Even if you disagree with him vehemently (and it’s hard not to, after reading one of the “papers”), please at least give the man some sympathy given his emotional and financial condition. He does not seem to be a professional charlatan, unlike the myriad godmen around.

     
  3. Alex C.

    Regarding Mr. Kodukula’s work, it would be unfair to characterise it as “bullshit” or any such term. What Mr. Kodukula needs to do is get the company of some good physicists, and discuss his theories with them. A cursory reading of his papers reveals a lot of work done in seemingly random directions, without any relevant feedback whatsoever. As such, it is bound to contain errors and leaps that the author cannot himself see because of his bias. Even a good Indian university will have enough material and knowledgeable people to correctly define (or debunk) what he’s trying to claim. He seems caught in the trap of people like the notorious sadguru or Deepak Chopra, using the words “consciousness” etc. without defining them.

    Till Mr. Kodukula refines his works through review and discussion with ACTUAL, LIVING physicists (or sees them as incorrect), it is not proper to cite them. Anyone who cites the works as “published-wherever-so-must-be-true” is fair game for ridicule—in that I’m with you.

     
  4. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    “The way you badgered Mr. Kodukula”

    I said his article is junk. I asked his qualifications etc. How he became “editor” of such journals, whether he works in SPG (that’s what his linkedin profile says). That’s not badgering: it is asking.

    There is NO physics content in his work. Not even maths content.

    Siva Prasad diverted me through his alleged sob story. That’s not persuasive. I need facts. 

    No, he is not a victim. He is taking all of us for a ride. He has ACTIVELY sought “editorship”, probably paid a lot of money (if not, directly runs this racket). 

    Re: your claim about ““publication” has become a magic talisman for academic positions and employment, with no regard to the quality of the research” that’s not relevant here. This man published NOTHING before the 2012 SPG racket was started. He has no academic teaching experience. Will not qualify to teach school students. I don’t know his intent but what he is doing is not kosher.

     
  5. Aditya Singh

    I have met people who are too keen to SOMEHOW pick up something from our culture and try hard to validate it using science. These ideas are going round and round in the common public. So many ignorant people actually believe it.

     
  6. A

    Scams that take advantage of “Scholarly Open Access Publishing” are already well known in the research community. Indians and Chinese are definitely active in this area. You can check out the best list of OA scamsters maintained by Jeff Beall, an academic, at http://scholarlyoa.com/

    Interestingly, one of these scamsters, based in India (OMICS Publishing) threatened a $1 billion law suit on a US entity based on India’s infamous IT Act 66A. See here: http://www.popehat.com/2013/05/15/omics-publishing-group-makes-a-billion-dollar-threat/

    But then it is not the first time that Indian “scholarly” “academics” have found 66A useful. Read also
    http://blog.tehelka.com/iipm-blocked-urls-with-66a-what-did-you-expect/