Dmitry Kuznetsov, a Russian biochemist whose published work has been repeatedly alleged to be fraudulent, is now the chief editor of two science journals. The appointments are raising questions about the scientific integrity of the publications.
The accusations against Kuznetsov, if true, amount to “one of the worst fraud records in the history of science,” said Dan Larhammar, a professor at Uppsala University in Sweden who has written about problems in Kuznetsov’s work. “That should be a major concern to” the publisher that recruited Kuznetsov as editor-in-chief, he said.
Kuznetsov (whose name is also spelled Kouznetsov, Kouznetsoff, Kuesnetzov, Kznetsov, and Kuznetcef) is currently a Leading Research Fellow at the N. N. Semenov Institute for Chemical Physics in Moscow. He is also the chief editor of two journals published by open-access publisher ScienceDomain: the British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research and the International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Both journals launched in 2011.
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With regards to the Shroud of Turin:
Several years later, a retired math teacher in taly with an interest in research on the Shroud of Turin, a piece of linen cloth some believe to be Jesus’s burial cloth, began scrutinizing Kuznetsov’s publications in this field. Kuznetsov’s research pointed to evidence that carbon dating of the cloth, which estimated the Shroud to be from Medieval times, was tainted by a church fire in the 1500s, and that the Shroud could have originated from the time of Jesus. The Italian teacher, Gian Marco Rinaldi, began to find what he called inconsistencies and unverified sources of samples in Kuznetsov’s work, however, and according to a 2007 report detailing Kuznetsov’s suspected fakery, a wealthy creationist funded his research on the Shroud.
Rinaldi has since doggedly tracked Kuznetsov’s work in other fields, and later discovered that samples of Irish linens Kuznetsov analyzed appeared to come from non-existent excavation sites. Other published papers authored by Kuznetsov have references and sample sources that could not be verified, according to Rinaldi. A summary of some of Rinaldi’s findings were reported in the journalAntiquity in 2007.
In January of 2012, I discussed Kuznetsov in this blog in a posting entitled, And you thought you knew all about peer reviewed journals.
Also see, Russia’s Dr. Dmitri Kouznetsov: Can He Any Longer Be Believed? by Ian Wilson in NEWSLETTER NO: 44 – November/December 1996 for the British Society for the Turin Shroud.