Disgraced scholar's brother backs education minister's statement

Taipei, July 13 (CNA) C.W. Chen, the twin brother of a scholar suspected of academic fraud, on Sunday supported Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling's statement that he has no links to the scandal-tainted academic. Chen said his brother and Chiang had met on two occasions only -- once in 2004 on Chen's graduation from a doctoral degree program at National Central University (NCU) where Chiang was his advisor, and again at a science forum in Kaohsiung when he asked his brother to say hello to Chiang. In a case of alleged academic fraud, the publisher of the Journal of Vibration and Control earlier this month withdrew 60 papers by Chen's twin brother Peter Chen, accusing him of creating false accounts to subvert the peer review process. Five of the 60 papers were written by C.W. Chen and bore Chiang's name as a co-writer but also listed Peter Chen as one the writers, without Chiang's knowledge, C.W. Chen said. He said that over the past 11 years, he has worked with Chiang on 17 papers, some of them based on his own research with Chiang's help, and some written by Chiang's other students but edited by him at his advisor's request. All of the papers bore Chiang's name as one of the writers, C.W. Chen added. He said he had also sought the opinion of his twin brother on some of the papers and therefore had listed him as a co-author but had not informed Chiang. His academic advisor and his brother had never met to discuss the papers, C. W. Chen said. Chiang was employed at NCU as a professor until 2012, when he was appointed education minister. C.W. Chen, a professor at the National Kaohsiung Marine University, entered NCU in 1999 to pursue a master's degree and went on to study for a doctorate that he completed in 2004. Peter Chen was an associate professor at National Pingtung University of Education, but resigned in February after the university began to probe his peer review process, at the request of the publisher of the Journal of Vibration and Control. At Saturday's news conference, Chiang said he respected main author's decision to list whoever he chose as co-authors but was not aware of the names included on the papers. There have been calls in some quarters for the minister to step down in light of the scandal. (By Maubo Chang)