Academic put downs are always su…ch fun; recently, a friend of mine drew my attention to a paper which elevates such put downs to the next level — the paper is an analysis of a series of papers by a specific researcher and his co-workers to describe and discuss all the inconsistencies in them:
Comments on the work by Wei and co-workers on free eutectic and dendritic solidification from undercooled metallic melts
M Li, S Yoda and K Kuribayashi
Inconsistencies throughout a series of articles contributed by Wei and co-workers on free solidification from undercooled metallic melts are pointed out due to their simply grouping the unconstrained dendritic growth models and the constrained eutectic models. Other misconceptions in the use of the dendrite growth model, the estimation of droplet undercooling, the calculation of partition coefficient, and the evaluation of physical properties of alloys are clarified.
That reminded of the following quote of Schwinger (about himself):
Other people publish to show you how to do it, but Julian Schwinger publishes to show you that only he can do it.
I guess you can also publish to show how others can not do it