Who used state money to fund the “touting mentor” paper?

People’s attention to these two papers is not only that their characters do not conform to the academic orientation of the journal, but also that the author marked the source of research funding on the first page of the paper: funded by the “National Natural Science Foundation Of China Key Projects (91125019).” On January 12th, two papers on the theme “The Theory and Practice of the Integrated Framework of Eco-Economics” were discussed on social networking sites, mainly because they devoted a large part to the “mentor’s sense of sublimeness” and “the sense of beauty of the teacher’s wife”: “We praise the mentor, you are the source of infinite, let the disciples think and swallow the pen; You have the feelings of your mother, let the disciples in the stream. “

Xu Zhongmin is a researcher and doctoral tutor of the Institute of Environment and Engineering in the Dry Zone of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (now incorporated into the Northwest Institute of Ecological Resources of the Chinese Academy of Sciences). In these two papers published in October 2013, the author discusses his mentor, the famous permafrost scientist Cheng Guodong academician “the amount of wine is not in size, the key is to be able to control” and “humor is the ear”, especially noted the source of information: “the amount of wine is not in the size, the key is to be able to control” is the tutor in July 2012 at a dinner. “I haven’t drunk much since then”; “Humor is the ear” is the 17th article of the teacher’s 2012 Spring Festival New Year card, “The contents of the whole New Year card I include as an appendix in the literature.”

Xu Zhongmin said, “Here first to explore the problem of beauty and Tao, and then to the example of the teacher and teacher’s wife, expounded the noble sense of the teacher and the beautiful feeling of the teacher; According to his autobiography, the original title of the thesis is “On the noble feeling of the tutor and the beautiful feeling of the teacher’s wife”.

The 35-page paper is divided into two articles and is published in the academic journal Glacial Permafrost, sponsored by the Institute of Environment and Engineering in the Dry Zone of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Geographical Society. In other words, the self-made researcher, another researcher who studies his own, publishes in a self-sponsored academic journal focusing on the fields of ice, snow, permafrost and ice rings. The paper was published for more than six years, until the day of concern, the journal editorial department announced the withdrawal of the manuscript. The journal editor-in-chief, the research paper “subject” Cheng Guodong academician has applied to resign as editor-in-chief.

Originally, a scholar had the right to explore freely in the academic field. The author is obsessed with exploring the family life of the tutor and the teacher’s wife, taking the qualitative data as “the direction of the advance outlined by the mentor at the top of the circle” and the quantitative data “the amount of chairice oil salt in the house calculated by the teacher’s wife in the lower part of the circle”, which belongs to the personal research interest and is not involved with others.

However, the focus of these two papers is not only that their characters do not conform to the academic orientation of the journal.

As is customary, the author marked the source of research funding on the first page of the paper: funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (91125019). The NSFC mainly comes from the central financial allocation, this research is not out of the direction set by the project?

According to a number of funded papers and the Chinese Academy of Sciences cold zone scientific data center published information, the number “91125019” fund project, refers to the “Black River Basin Midstream Water-Ecological-Economic Model Comprehensive Research” project, belongs to the National Natural Science Foundation of the “Black River Basin Ecological-Hydrological Process Integration Research” One of the key projects under the major research program. The major research project, also known as the Black River Project, was launched in 2010, with Mr. Cheng Guodong serving as the head of the “Black River Project” expert group. In 2014, Cheng Guodong and his team published a review of the Black River integration study, which included Xu Zhongmin, a researcher.

NSFC and other institutions have previously announced that the “Black River Plan” to the Black River Basin as a specific research area, the total budget of 150 million yuan. Among them, the intensity of funding for key projects is about 2 million to 3 million yuan. According to the project library of the Fund Committee, the host of the project “Integrated Study of Water-Ecological-Economic Model in the Black River Basin” is Xu Zhongmin.

Under the operating mechanism of NSFC, applicants are required to submit a project proposal to apply for funding after peer review. According to the Regulations of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, project participants who do not carry out research in accordance with the project plan, change the contents of the research or the research plan without authorization shall be punished with warning, recovery of the funds and other penalties.

Beyond those dazzling texts, what does this study necessarily relate to the Black River Project? Is it a departure from what is set out in the project proposal? How much research money did he get for his 91125019 project? These questions still need to be answered by the Fund’s management, the use of funds and the scholars involved.

Zhang Guo Source: China Youth Daily