Premier urges education minister to quickly clear his name

Taipei, July 13 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah has urged Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling to work to clear his name Sunday, after five articles co-authored by the minister were retracted for alleged scholarly misconduct by an international journal. Sun Lih-chyun, a spokesman for the Executive Yuan, said Jiang prodded Chiang during a phone conversation to publicly explain how he had been involved in the allegations surrounding the scandal by releasing related documents. Knowing that it would take time to gather the documents, the spokesman said the premier urged Chiang to release all information as soon as possible. The spokesman said the two did not talk about any change of Chiang's post neither did Chiang offer to resign as reported in the media. It was the second time in as many days that the premier urged the minister to clear his name. The scandal arose following the July 8 decision by the Journal of Vibration and Control to retract 60 articles written by Peter Chen, a former associate professor at National Pingtung University of Education, on the grounds that they were suspected of being reviewed by Chen's none-existent peers. The education minister was involved in the scandal because his name appeared as a co-author on five of the 60 retracted articles. The minister said the five articles were authored jointly by himself and Peter Chen's twin brother, C.W. Chen, and C.W. Chen later named his brother as a co-author without notifying the minister. (By Maubo Chang)