If you thought the affair around scamference organiser, research fraudster and fake professor Ashutosh Tiwari was over: you were wrong. Of course Tiwari continues organising predatory conferences in Sweden, from across the road from his former Linköping University (LiU). Among his recent scamference guests and fake award recipients was even the Vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. But these are not the main news I wish to share with you.
First of all, Tiwari and his LiU patron Anthony “Tony” Turner, the (involuntarily) retired professor of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), were found guilty of research misconduct in a new investigation. That Turner finally gets what he deserved, for installing and protecting a criminal while helping him scam his own university and the academic community in Sweden and worldwide, is big news in itself. Turner, who boasted full support from Elsevier, whose journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics he as Editor-in-Chief let Tiwari use to his pleasure, was so far spared any retractions with his name on them. Well, tough titty, Tony, with these new fraud findings, your last-authored Tiwari et al Biosensors & Bioelectronics 2012 will be retracted. Moreover, LiU explicitly requests from Elsevier to sack Turner as Editor-in-Chief of the journal he founded. It transpires that even his emeritus professor status at LiU was apparently revoked.
The second news is that Tiwari has opened a new business, together with his trusted partner, the tenured LiU researcher at same IFM department, Mikael Syväjärvi. The business is heart surgery. Yes, you heard it right. The two material “scientists” teamed up with some Chinese investors and set up a mobile app which will lure cardiac patients in India (but also in China and, ta-da, in Sweden) into the hands of some fake Indian heart surgeon and his colleagues. Cancer cure quackery announced to follow soon. To be fair, LiU kind of brought it upon themselves by refusing to investigate Syväjärvi and even allowing him to continue running scamferences during work time. Hence, the LiU academic Syväjärvi now he peddles “Swedish technology” to offer what he and Tiwari say are heart surgeries.
The previous LiU investigation found a number of Tiwari-coauthored papers fraudulent, all those had as main author Prashant Sharma, Tiwari’s criminal friend from Allahabad in India. Turner quickly retracted those from his journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, thus hoping that this closed the case. Two more papers were scrutinised, the charges were dropped for one of these, mostly because Turner became angry. Another paper however was not easy to dismiss: the published figure was found to be fake, while both Turner and Tiwari claimed the raw data was stored on a laptop and a hard drive, both of which were stolen during a scamference on a Baltic ferry. LiU hence forwarded the issue to the central national authority, the Swedish Ethics Review Appeal Board (CEPN). This was the paper:
Ashutosh Tiwari , Swapneel R. Deshpande , Hisatoshi Kobayashi , Anthony P.F. Turner
Detection of p53 gene point mutation using sequence-specific molecularly imprinted PoPD electrode
Biosensors and Bioelectronics (2012) doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2012.02.053
The paper contained this beauty:
It should be mentioned that the coauthor Hisatoshi Kobayashi, is the former President of Tiwari’s fictional IAAM (International Association of Advanced Materials), who eventually got in serious trouble with his superiors at the National Institute for Material Science in Tsukuba, Japan, for organising scamferences. Kobayashi sure will regret that gift authorship on a fraudulent paper now.
The Ethics Review Appeal Board invited as expert Mikael Käll, professor for bionanophotonics at Chalmers University in Gothenburg. Käll was unimpressed by the legend of Swedish laptop thieves:
“It is an absolute requirement that original data from research projects is
kept so that it can be made available. There must therefore be satisfactory back up copies. The circumstance that Ashutosh Tiwari and Anthony Turner, because of the theft, cannot present any of the original data that lay behind the research that was presented in the article means that the research cannot be checked. It is remarkable that original data from 2012 only existed on a laptop computer three years after publication. It is the view of the Expert Group that the irregularities with regard to original data are so serious from a research ethics point of view that Ashutosh Tiwari and Anthony Turner have been guilty of research misconduct.”
Käll also disagreed that the correction which Turner proposed to himself as Editor-in-Chief of Biosensors & Bioelectronics, made any sense:
“the inaccuracies in Fig. 3 are the result not of a mistake but of deliberate manipulation for the purpose of supporting the article’s conclusions. This conclusion means that Mikael Käll does not consider that submitting a corrigendum releases the authors from responsibility for the errors in the original article. Mikael Käll also points out that the corrigendum that was sent to the journal does not necessarily confirm that the conclusions in the original article are correct”.
The expert group at CEPN followed Käll’s advice, and recommended a retraction:
“the nature of the error means that deliberate manipulation can be strongly suspected. When suspicion of inaccuracies was pointed out, it should have been self-evident to withdraw the article from the journal because the original data was missing and the correctness of the conclusions in the original article could not therefore be checked. This also indicates gross negligence.
It is therefore the opinion of the Expert Group that it is evident that this is a case of gross negligence at the least. Like Mikael Käll, the Expert Group considers that the inaccuracies had a vital significance for the study’s conclusions. Against the background of the above circumstances, the Expert Group considers that Ashutosh Tiwari and Anthony Turner have been guilty of misconduct in research.”
The full document, dated 2.09.2019 is available here, in English.
On 19 September 2019, LiU passed the following verdict based on this advice (original document here), I link to the documents A and B:
“On 21 December 2017 the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Linköping University initiated an investigation concerning misconduct in research after allegations thereof had emerged in social media among other channels. On the basis of the investigation the Board of the faculty on 6 December 2018 judged that misconduct in research was concluded in three out of five instances under investigation. It was also established that misconduct in research could not be concluded in one of the five instances. The last instance was referred back for further enquiry by asking for the opinion of the Expert Group for Misconduct in Research at CEPN.
The statement of the Expert Group appeared on 2 September 2019 (see Encl. B). In its statement the Expert Group judges that the two researchers concerned, earlier employed by the university, are guilty of research misconduct. On the basis of the previous investigation and the statement of the Expert Group the investigation group submits its supplementary
conclusions and recommendations to the Board of the Faculty for its ruling (see Encl. A).
On 8 September and after the statement of the Expert Group was delivered one of the two researchers concerned states that he has requested the retraction of the article concerned and the supplementary corrigendum and has also requested to be relieved of the post as Editor- in-chief of the journal concerned.”
The decision was explained in this 3-page document, signed by the IFM dean Ulf Nilsson, (who shared the investigative report with me) as well as by pro-dean Nicolette Lakemond and LiU professor Svante Gunnarsson.
Obviously Tiwari is not prepared to stop his criminal activities, not even in Sweden, especially after he understood that LiU will never expose him in public, or warn the academic community that his IAAM is not really a “non-profit organization” of international scientists, but a scam which exists only as an internet website, to lure people to Tiwari’s predatory conferences. Scamferences which happily continue and expand in all possible new fields, as I reported here and here.
In August 2019, the guest of honour and recipient of a fake award was the Vice-President of Chinese Academy of Sciences and president of Peking University, Enge Wang. This we know from Tiwari’s own proud coverage:
It’s not like the esteemed Chinese Academician Wang was bamboozled now. He perfectly knew what he participates in, this is him at the last year’s IAAM scam event, Tiwari was already long exposed as a fraudster:
Something is really wrong with Chinese state’s ethics, especially when combined with Indian criminals. Which brings us to Tiwari’s other new business.
The Heart Surgeries
On 11 September 2019, Tiwari unleashed a series of press releases, and even an article in Hindustan Times, promoting his new service: mHospitals, a mobile app to offer heart surgeries. The occasion being Mahatma Ghandi’s 150th birthday.
The company behind Tiwari’s mHospitals is his other business, the Vinoba Bhave Research Institute (VBRI). It is not a real thing, but a merely another fake scam, located inside a dodgy law degree-selling institution owned by Tiwari’s dad. It was the photoshopped picture of the papa’s Ganesh Prasad Law College which Tiwari junior used to advertise for his fake VBRI:
It is not clear from the Hindustan Times journalistic masterpiece and verbatim identical press releases who the Chinese partners of Tiwari and Syväjärvi are:
“At VBRI’s office in China, Prayagraj-born Prof Tiwari was present along with Dr Yueqing Gu, Dr Daren Liu, Prof Lan Zhu, Qiong Wang and other Chinese scientists and technocrats.
“It is our sincere hope that our attempt to amalgamate cloud medicine, IoT (Internet of Things), machine learning and AI and further connect it to smart healthcare wearable devices in the future will remove barriers like time and distance from the world of cardiac healthcare,” he said.”.
There was a parallel event in Linköping (ie., in Tiwari’s office across the road from LiU), organised by Syväjärvi, as this press release announced:
“At VBRI Sweden, the launch was attended by Dr. Anshuman Mishra, deputy director, R&I, VBRI and a group of Swedish scientists, engineers, and technocrats. While addressing the gathering, Dr. Syväjärvi and Martin Kristing (one of the engineers) summarised that, “mHospitals is the result of advanced Swedish technology and contains all the advanced features that one can expect from a virtual hospitals platform. All the cutting age technologies have been implemented to ensure a good experience for the users and patients. By employing Machine Learning, IoT, and Artificial Intelligence, we have made sure that the platform is user friendly and provides the patients with a quality experience”
The mHospitals services are said to be offered not just in India, but also in China and Sweden. Martin Kristing is an IT expert and LiU alumnus who lives in Linköping. Another Swede involved is the PR service provider Anders Ekhammar from Gothenburg, listed as reference in this press release. Are these two gentlemen aware that it is illegal under Swedish law to offer unapproved medical services?
A certain Yogesh Shukla functions as director of mHospitals. This character is according to Hindustani Times well-researched journalism “a noted Mumbai-based heart surgeon”, except that he may be Mumbai-based, but he is neither noted nor a real heart surgeon. Shukla’s own LinkedIn profile reveals that he studied from 2014 to 2017 at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, a private diploma mill which indeed offers a two-year degree called “Master of Surgery”. Sounds reassuring?
It kind of fits to Tiwari’s fake professorship, which he is not afraid to parade anymore. I am not sure how trustworthy the rest of the mHospitals cardiology team is, really. Does it help that the alleged cardiologist Richa Sharma is a gynaecologist in real life? Anyway, “Dr” Shukla announced:
“After cardiac care, we plan to add cancer treatment to our range of services followed by other ailments”
I notified LiU about the new business of their ex-lecturer Tiwari and their current faculty member Syväjärvi. I received this reply from the Chief Legal Advisor, Christina Helmér:
“The University is grateful for bringing the information to our knowledge, and the information provided by you is now under assessment to determine whether or not actions are called for on our part. At this moment, there will be no further statements on behalf of the University.”
The Tiwari affair is not over, not even for Linköping University.
A certain Daniel Foley contacted me with this offer, from a private email address starting with “daniel.laxton28@”:
I am writing to you to offer you 1000 Euros to remove an article from your website. No questions, it’d be a straight payment for you to remove content and for it to be left off the website.
I asked which article he meant, and he replied:
I appreciate you do what you do because of your background. It would be a case of removing the entry and no further articles being produced involving the client. If not, I understand.
In the last mail I received, he explained “I am working on reputation management as a freelance“.
Smut Clyde helped with research here: Daniel Foley is listed as “Senior SEO” at the reputation management company “Assertive“. A certain “danielfoley22” posted a recruitment ad here where he provided same daniel.laxton28 email address he used to communicate with me. Also, someone used the identity “daniel.laxton28” to positively review this very company Assertive, pretending to be a satisfied customer.
Update to update:
Telepathy! Just as I posted this update, Foley replied, after 10 days of silence:
“Sorry for the late reply. It’s a simple question – would you remove the requested articles to do with a single client for a payment. Forget the legalities. You have a donate button on your website, presumably, this is to help fund your time for your contributions? So I would be prepared to pay you for the removal of content – what I don’t want is this to result in a backlash for me and my client.
If you would rather retain your content pertaining to a client please let me know. If however you would consider removing and signing an agreement to say the content will be removed and will stay off your future post topics then I’d be prepared to send you a financial settlement and leave it at that.
This isn’t a trick, no lawyers, nothing other than I am working on behalf of a client who wants the content removed. Equally from our side there will be no further contact and no mentions of you or your blog.
Happy to have a chat over the phone.“
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Editor correcting own fraudulent paper in his own journal? Fantastic new bottom.. Will Tiwari keep his docent title even after that new investigation?
Tiwari and the Chinese – a match made in heaven. And BTW, you might want to be careful about dealing with a medical outfit where the top dog is a fellow in the “UK” with a lengthy PubPeer rap sheet.
You mean the fake heart surgeon Yogesh Shukla? He has no pubpeer record, maybe you confused him with Yogishwer Shukla, CSIR institute director? https://forbetterscience.com/2019/05/29/yogeshwer-shuklas-toxic-career-of-ayurvedic-infusions/
I stumbled over this by chance. This is a press release from the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
Herbert Gleiter recognised with IAAM Award 2019
The materials scientist Prof. Dr. Herbert Gleiter, a senior fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Studies, was recognised with the International Association of Advanced Materials Award (IAAM Award) of 2019. The prize is given for his achievements in the field of design and development of new materials. The award is given annually by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM). The award ceremony will take place in early November 2019 in Singapore.
The IAAM Award 2019 is awarded for Professor Gleiter’s pioneering work which led to the development of another new class of materials – the nanoglasses.
It even links to IAAM website. I can’t even…
aaaaand it’s gone….
here backup: https://web.archive.org/web/20190926191758/https://www.leopoldina.org/en/members/members-in-focus/herbert-gleiter-mit-iaam-award-2019-ausgezeichnet/
and look at Prof Gleiter’s CV here (which I downloaded): https://www.leopoldina.org/fileadmin/redaktion/Mitglieder/CV_Gleiter_Herbert_EN.pdf
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Very interestingly, If you notice the last name of most of the Indian associates of fake Prof Ashutosh Tiwari is Tiwari, Mishra, Panday, Shukla, Sharma, Dubey, etc. If one understands the Indian caste system. They belong to the same caste (same family name). Most probability they are his relatives or family members. It seems like his whole family is involved in this syndicate.
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No Dr Yogesh Shukla is a certified heart surgeon. Having a M.s n a Mch in thoracic surgery…. in Mumbai…..his degrees are real..n it is not right fir you guys to ruin someones career…….n mix them in the can…so stop calling him fake….he was assisting in my heart surgery 3 years ago..n subsequently operates independentky..more qualified than u guys to take decisions….stop your tirade..
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Please look into indoscandic organisation webpage and Facebook page. This guy has started with new scam idea!
Gandhi Peace Award, FFS. Tiwari is for sure never out of ideas.
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Is there any update of this story?
There are newer articles about Tiwari, have a look. https://forbetterscience.com/tag/ashutosh-tiwari/
Hi, I want to share one interesting finding that Sudha Tiwari, wife of Ashutosh Tiwari, was convicted in criminal case. You can see the details in the following link. The English translation of the case briefly given below. You can pay 129 kr at that site to know the details.
“Sudha is a woman who was born on July 1, 1979 and lives in Linköping on Byskiftesgatan 3. She moved to her current villa or detached house 4 years ago (October 28, 2016). …………. This month, we have so far released information about her on 9 occasions. Sudha is active in a company or association where she holds a position as deputy board member. She has been prosecuted in court in a criminal case and a verdict has been handed down. Find out the outcome and if Sudha appears in more cases a little further down this page. Most people who search for Sudha in this service are located in Alingsas.”
Indeed, sentenced for a theft of goods worth of €33. This family….
At that site, it is mentioned that she is board members of the following organizations
Institute of Advanced Materials, IAAM AB, registered 2018, deputy board member
VBRI Sverige AB, registered 2014, board member
Strange thing is that the board members of two organizations got caught for stealing of goods of mere worth €33? Strange????
what exactly do you find strange?
IAAM and VBRI both consist entirely of Ashutosh Tiwari, and apparently also his wife.
It seems Sudha Tiwari accepted her crime, as described in Swedish in the available document.
Sudha Tiwari har erkänt gärningen. Erkännandet vinner stöd av den övrigautredningen. Åtalet är därmed styrkt och Sudha Tiwari ska dömas i enlighet medåklagarens gärningsbeskrivning.”
But, it is strange why did she steal? So far as I know even the beggars are well treated in Sweden. As Sweden is a socialist country all have equal rights to lead a good life. So, the unemployed persons get good support from the government.
I wonder with what kind of business Sudha Tiwari is involved?
In the above mentioned link you can see that Sudha Tiwari’s employee (Santanu Patra) at VBRI has the same residential address in Sweden as her. You can also find the same residential address of both of them in ratsit.se(https://www.ratsit.se/19790701-Sudha_Tiwari_Linkoping/9yd7rOfbAFn4P0TI2M_glEfdT_bZLJ1Q-XwdXFi-MdA).
Now who is Santanu Patra?
His google scholar profile reveals his affliation with IIT Dhanbad (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=es&user=WFmi-t0AAAAJ), and LinkedIn profile shows his present affliation as “Group Leader at VBRI” and location Delhi, India (https://in.linkedin.com/in/santanu-patra-phd-9b397469).
It seems Santanu Patra got PhD from IIT Dhanbad (Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad), and worked in the same group of fake research data publisher Dr. Prashant K. Sharma. You can see in PUBPEER nearly 17 papers of Santanu Patra are retracted till now, and they all bear the name of Prashant K. Sharma, as last author (link: https://pubpeer.com/search?q=Santanu+patra). Dr. Prashant K. Sharma, the faculty of IIT Dhanbad, is already charged with serious scientific misconduct (https://journosdiary.com/2018/08/16/scientific-misconduct-iit-dhanbad-rashmi-madhuri-prashant-sharma/).
Now, I wonder how a criminally convicted lady, Sudha Tiwari, is connected to fake a research data provider Santanu Patra, and how can they have same residential address in Sweden?
Quite simple: Ashutosh Tiwari and Prashant Sharma are old friends from Allahabad. In fact, we came upon Tiwari’s activities via Sharma.
Quite Shocked! It seems Sudha Tiwari and her associates are involved with many unethical and illegal activities. Now Swedish government is becoming stricter on the foreigners those who commit crime.
Social Democrats, who runs the government now, wants to deport the foreigners from Sweden if they are involved with crime. The Moderate party wants even tougher laws. Among other things, they want people to be able to be deported even if they have a family in Sweden https://www.regeringen.se/pressmeddelanden/2022/02/skarpta-regler-om-utvisning-pa-grund-av-brott2/ .
Government wants to pass this law in July 2022. I think, if this law is passed it can be useful to restore back the society to its highest quality level and get rid of criminals.
this might be interesting.. a good university boasting the fake credentials of Tiwari world congress