There are various forms of scientific misconduct. One of these is:

Misappropriation of Ideas – taking the intellectual property of others, perhaps as a result of reviewing someone else’s article or manuscript,  or grant application and proceeding with the idea as your own.

Stealing someones ideas and presenting them as own is one of the most serious forms of misconduct. The only more serious form of misconduct than this is the falsification of data.

As presented below, this is not the case of two scientific teams working on the same issue and simultaneously coming to the same conclusion.This is, apparently, one scientist stealing from the other.

On July 12, 2021, Reviews on Environmental Health has published “Comments on Pall’s “Millimeter (MM) wave and microwave frequency radiation produce deeply penetrating effects: the biology and the physics”,” authored by Dimitris J. Panagopoulos.

The author presents the evidence of scientific misconduct committed by Martin L Pall when he misappropriated Panagopoulous‘ ideas as his own and published accounts of it in own peer-reviewed articles.

[ BRHP comment: if interested in Martin L. Pall’s wheelings and dealings, at the bottom of this blog are links to posts describing Pall‘s “science” and scaremongering ]

Panagopoulos concludes that:

We hope the Rev Environ Health journal will protect authorship and science by publishing these comments and retracting Pall’s insulting, misinforming, and misleading paper.

The big question is: will the journal, Reviews on Environmental Health and its editors, David O. Carpenter & Peter Sly, investigate Panagopoulous’ claims and, if misconduct happen to be confirmed, act appropriately and inform editors of other journals that published Pall’s articles?

Of course, expeditiousness of acting by the Editors is of paramount importance for limiting the “damage” to the science integrity.

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Few quotes from this short and interesting article, that show Pall‘s ‘wheeling and dealing‘:

“…Pall (2021) [1] speaks of a “mechanism” by which Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) exert forces on the channel sensors of voltage-gated ion channels on cell membranes causing “activation” of these channels, and claims this is his discovery! This is already published since 2000 in multiple publications by Panagopoulos et al, and it is widely known as “ion forced-oscillation mechanism” or “ion forced-vibration mechanism” [2-7, and more]. It describes in detail how polarized and coherent (man-made) EMFs force mobile ions in cells to oscillate on parallel lines and in phase with the applied oscillating EMF, and how the oscillating ions inside the channels exert Coulomb forces on the fixed charges of the S4 channel sensors of voltage-gated ion channels causing their irregular gating (dysfunction rather than “activation”) [2-7]...”

…and further…

“…Pall not only knows our mechanism, but he praised it until 2017, not claiming that it is his contribution. Then, he stopped referring to it, and now talks about a “VGCC activation mechanism” as if it is his own discovery! This, of course, is untrue, and against any ethical and scientific principle…”

[DL comment – note the very unusual, for science papers, use of the exclamation mark]

…and further…

“…He refers to Panagopoulos et al [4] for the effect of polarization, but not for the
mechanism which he presents as his own. He speaks of “coherence of polarity” (a nonexisting term) instead of polarization, and of “electronically generated EMFs” instead of man-made EMFs to differentiate from Panagopoulos et al [4], and “explains” how “coherent electronically generated EMFs” are more bioactive than natural EMFs as if this is another discovery his own! All these “new discoveries” are already thoroughly described and shown by equations in [3-4,7] where it is explained that man-made EMFs are produced by electric/electronic circuits and for this they are totally polarized and coherent…”

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…and further…

“…In his effort to present our mechanism as his own under the new title “VGCC activation mechanism” he now claims that the irregular gating of the voltage channels occurs not by forces exerted by the oscillating ions on the sensors, but by direct forces from the applied EMFs which are “amplified” by the membranes [1]…”

…and further…

“…If Pall thinks that his “direct” forces on the channel sensors make a new mechanism he should provide equations and numerical calculations on these forces, showing how they work…”

…and further…

“…He writes that microwaves produce “deeply penetrating” non-thermal effects in living tissues by their magnetic parts, while the electric parts are absorbed in the skin. But in high frequencies (radio-waves/microwaves/mm-waves) the electric and the magnetic parts of a wave are completely tied with each other, and if the electric part is absorbed the whole electromagnetic wave disappears. Only in the low frequencies the electric and magnetic components are not strongly interconnected and measured separately. This is basic in electromagnetism. Thus, any “deeply penetrating effects” are obviously not due to the high frequency carrier wave, but due to the coexisting ELF components which are very penetrating. These facts are again explained by the ion forced-oscillation mechanism [2-7]…”

…and further…

“…In his attempt to show that his descriptions make a different “mechanism”, Pall refers to several Russian studies, claiming that they report “non-thermal effects” of “non-pulsed mmwave exposures”. Two Russian reviews he refers to and can be found in English, are Pakhomov et al 1998 [10], and Betskii and Lebedeva 2004 (referenced in [1]). In several studies reviewed in [10] there were low frequency components of pulsing, or modulation, which Pall did not report. Whether he did that purposely or because he did not notice that, it shows that his descriptions of scientific studies are unreliable and misinforming. In the rest of the studies in [10], and in the Betskii and Lebedeva (2004) review, there is no information on possible existence of low frequencies. Thus, their presence is not excluded…”

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…and Dimitris J. Panagopoulos concludes his Letter to the Editor:

“…The above major ethical and scientific issues and many more are the case in Pall [1]. We hope the Rev Environ Health journal will protect authorship and science by publishing these comments and retracting Pall’s insulting, misinforming, and misleading paper.” [compilation of posts]

Other blogs on Martin L. Pall:

Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Dariusz Leszczynski